Businesses are resilient in adapting to work during COVID-19. While many sent employees to work from home at the start of the pandemic, some workers are now emerging from their makeshift home offices and returning to their workplaces, a bit nervous, perhaps, about the uncertainties of their renewed proximity to coworkers. The return to work, or rather, “return to office,” since employees have been working, albeit remotely, all along, will make it clear just how much the workplace has changed, and what’s remained the same.
Social distancing is one of the most recognizable requirements of life during COVID-19. The phrase describes the recommended minimum 6-foot distance that people should maintain in an effort to reduce the potential spread of the virus. The result for many has been to sequester at home. Connections with friends and extended family, and collaboration with co-workers have become more than ever in the past, virtual.