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The Worries Of Going Back To Work

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Empty Office
Raj Rana
Offices that have been sitting empty throughout the pandemic may need layout adjustments as businesses recall employees to the workplace.

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, concerns about going back to the workplace are rising

Many people have adapted to working from home, but as businesses notify employees about return dates, there are concerns from both sides. It is unlikely to be as it was pre-pandemic and organizational psychology expert Ann Hackett says it's important to remember, "It goes a long way in the employee-employer relationship if you can give time and really consider all the different needs of your employee."

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