By Scott Campbell, CompTIA
COVID-19 isn’t over—hardly—but across the U.S., increasing numbers of communities are planning to or starting to relax restrictions that will enable more businesses to open and allow employees to head back to the office—many for the first time in several months.
For tech companies, that may mean big changes—again. Just as many had found their footing in a remote work world, some businesses are looking for the right balance between the pre-coronavirus days and what the workplace should look like going forward.
In a recent survey of CompTIA communities and Industry Advisory Councils members, 94% of respondents said their business will change in at least one way over the long-term, including:
- 65% will let more employees stay working remotely
- 48% plan more social/digital marketing vs. traditional marketing
- 47% see less business travel permanently
- 28% are broadening their offerings
- 27% plan to downsize physical office space
- 24% are investing more in tech training/certifications
As this all happens, there’s likely to be new safety and security protocols, mandates, and guidelines—all of which could have a big impact on how business is conducted going forward. We asked several members of CompTIA’s communities and Industry Advisory Councils that have reopened their offices or plan to do so soon for some tips on how to reopen, things they’d do differently, and what to expect going forward. Here are 10 things you should keep in mind as you head back to the office: