Has your organisation remained productive throughout the pandemic, even as everybody works separately from their homes?
If so, you could be thinking about giving up that expensive office lease.
However, don't be too hasty. According to in-depth research by the Adecco Group, 77% of UK employees believe that 'hybrid working' – a mix of office-based and remote working – is the best way forwards once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
In a recent thought piece, the CIPD state that, since "fears about falling productivity have not been realised… most employers expect hybrid ways of working to become commonplace post-pandemic."
As you might imagine, hybrid working is a particularly popular choice for working parents, with 57% keen on striking a flexible balance between time spent in the office and at home.
"Fun" is a word that has been sorely lacking over the past year, particularly in the final months of winter.
And according to recent data from workplace consultants Peldon Rose, it's been getting to us.
A third of the employees who participated in their survey admitted that their productivity had taken a nosedive since the pandemic began, with 48 per cent putting the blame on a lack of fun and motivation.
This isn't surprising, perhaps, when opportunities to laugh and joke with our colleagues in person at the coffee machine, in meetings, or over a lively lunch, have dwindled to nothing.
As lockdown rumbles into what we hope will be its final stage, here are some suggestions for you to bring a much-needed sense of fun back to your remote workforce.
As the influential management thinker Peter Drucker once famously said, "you can't manage what you can't measure."
This is the first benefit of an HR compliance audit, which provides an effective method for your organisation to measure its adherence to people-related processes and legislation.
In short, are you doing what you say you do? Are there policy gaps that need to be addressed? Which areas could be improved upon?