An international conversation is happening right now around return to the office after working from home. Vaccine rates are climbing, doses are being shipped around the world, and humanity is pulling together to flatten the curve and stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. With signs pointing toward the final stretch of this almost two-year dystopia, it seems as though our “new normal”, whatever that may be, is just on our horizon.
So much so, that we’re seeing phased reopening plans being announced through many parts of the world. As governments are unveiling these plans, this is prompting business owners to begin their own return to office planning, sparking the global debate of whether there is a need to return to an office at all. Many employees have adjusted to a new remote work lifestyle over the pandemic, and, according to Harvard Business School’s recent study, 81% of workers either don’t want to go back to the office, or would prefer a hybrid solution going forward.
Throughout this entire conversation, one prevalent theme seems to keep returning: COVID-19 and mental health. How has the pandemic taken a toll on employee mental health and wellness? How can organizations prioritize mental health while also implementing their return to office plans? In this blog, we aim to answer these questions.