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A Structured Approach to Safely Returning Employees to the Workplace

A Structured Approach to Safely Return Employees to Work

Safely & confidently returning to the workplace and reshaping a new future of work is key to ensuring the health and wellbeing of workers and a strong economic recovery.


The COVID -19 health crisis and continued lockdown in many markets is posing unparalleled challenges to people and economies around the world.

To limit the economic downturn and impact on people’s ability to earn a living, the labor market and all its stakeholders must quickly adjust to a new reality

As businesses begin the process of both returning employees to their physical workplaces and welcoming customers back into physical spaces, what needs to be true for that to happen safely? Just as every individual and company has been affected differently by COVID-19, every return will look different.

Levels of Control & Safety Protocols

Reopening workplaces requires new health and safety protocols that take COVID-19 into consideration.

Niosh Levels of Control

Common Workplace Return Challenges

Whether it’s people returning to desks or going back out into the field, all workplace returns will share common challenges:

  • Maintaining business continuity.
  • Protecting the safety of both employees and customers.
  • Improving processes in this new environment.

One way to think about the return is in three key stages: respond, recover, and reimagine. This process will happen at different paces with different emphases for everyone, and they will not be completely linear—agility in course correction will be crucial. Everyone will learn as they go, continually addressing challenges as they evolve.

Click here to learn more about how Microsoft is enabling businesses safely return employees to the workplace.

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For over 20 years, Mohammed has been working at the intersection of business, technology & marketing to help businesses transform & grow in an ever-changing world.

At Burhani, he leads a team of passionate technology professionals focussed on delivering High Performance & Exponential Growth to clients through integrated, reliable, responsive and cost-effective business technology solutions.

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