It is clear the COVID-19 global health crisis will forever change our global workforce, both in terms of the way we manage brick and mortar locations as well as human capital. One of the most complex normalizations of our lifetime will be labor forces returning to non-remote work once the peak of the pandemic has passed. Since the beginning of this crisis, organizations have shifted their philosophy on security to become more than a means to prevent criminal activity, but as an important tool to flatten the pandemic curve. The next step will be using security technology to manage the transition back to working in group spaces. The technology currently installed in many organizations’ facilities can help with this upcoming phase.
COVID-19 will undoubtedly change how facilities are run in the future, and the new normal will start with that return-to-work process. Return-to-work procedures will be different for different types of sites and employees. Existing systems, as well as system enhancements, can be leveraged with some reprogramming to meet return-to-work requirements. There are four major elements to consider for managing a smooth transition, listed here in this roadmap.
Create a holistic strategy by considering these four areas and making an action plan for each of them:
Facilities & People
Policies & Procedures
Form a team to classify resources and develop a plan
Explore advanced solutions for novel challenges
Leverage existing systems for the new normal
Institute processes for protecting your people & your business