RETURN TO THE OFFICE: INTRODUCTION

WELCOME BACK

Much has happened since we last worked in the office. So, what will happen as businesses begin to bring people back in as restrictions continue to lift?

At Softcat, we recognise the need to prepare for yet another ‘new normal’. There are now health and safety concerns around returning to the office; employees have new expectations; and employers must accommodate changing demands. As a business that puts people first, we’re keen to communicate that employee experience in this new world is critical – and a return to the office certainly doesn’t have to mean ‘stuck in the office’. With the most likely scenario being a ‘hybrid’ style where employees split their time between remote and office-based work, facilitating this approach is essential for your people to feel welcomed back. Therefore, in this short guide, we’ll explore some of the key areas that require consideration.

A NEW APPROACH WITH FRESH OPPORTUNITIES

At the outset of the pandemic, there was a major shift to working from home. The result was the rapid digitisation of people’s remote working capabilities; the way we did our jobs changed; and the tools and platforms we use evolved too. The IT department operated almost like the emergency service of an organisation to keep business moving. But now it’s time to look to the future. While the IT department’s role has continued to become more and more relied upon and appreciated over the past few years, COVID-19 has accelerated the transition from it being seen as a business ‘necessity’ to being viewed as truly strategic and value-added – and it can now cement this further by helping to shape our return to the office.

A NEW APPROACH WITH FRESH OPPORTUNITIES

At the outset of the pandemic, there was a major shift to working from home. The result was the rapid digitisation of people’s remote working capabilities; the way we did our jobs changed; and the tools and platforms we use evolved too. The IT department operated almost like the emergency service of an organisation to keep business moving. But now it’s time to look to the future. While the IT department’s role has continued to become more and more relied upon and appreciated over the past few years, COVID-19 has accelerated the transition from it being seen as a business ‘necessity’ to being viewed as truly strategic and value-added – and it can now cement this further by helping to shape our return to the office.

“No-one wants a situation where people face yet more problems or ‘make do’ scenarios. The return to the office needs to be seamless, effective and empowering – and we believe it can be achieved through technology.”

Tim Jeans Solutions Sales Director, Softcat

READY TO RETURN?