Organizations should prepare in advance for these concerns and provide guidance, coaching, and special programs to allow employees to adjust to returning to the workplace. Even with a structured plan of action in place, some businesses may need assistance in implementing the measures.
One consideration would be to bring in an outside party that is skilled in solving complex problems in the workplace. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists, also known as I-O Psychologists, are trained professionals that study the science of human behavior in the workplace and develop methods to assist in organizational and employee improvement.
I-O Psychologists assist leaders in developing effective management skills and methods to strengthen employee engagement. They can assist in helping employees adjust to new work protocols and mediate issues with work-life balance.
Some large companies have an in-house I-O Psychologist to assist in developing ongoing organizational development processes and training programs for the organization. They work with human resources and are familiar with the specific needs of the organization.
In this situation, the I-O psychologist can work directly with HR, managers, and the employees in developing these training plans. The training program may assist in formulating a process for a well-organized transition into the “new work environment.”
If it is a smaller company or large organization that is seeking to improve a single department, it may be best for the organization to hire an outside I/O Consultant to assist in the organizational development process.
I-O Psychologists have several methods of assessing employees and leaders to determine the needs of the organization.