Moving back to the new workplace is a Complex Project because there are so many external and internal influences. You know what is usually required to run your business, like the furnishing, facilities, parking, workstations, location of departments. But you do not see how they will be allocated and costed.
The Objective is to return to whatever ‘Normal’ will look like. But ‘Normal’ is now ‘Unknown’- it is Back to the (unknowable) Future. You do not know how the business model might have changed, what new policies will be in place. You do not know what the HR policy could be towards remote work, what kind of equipment is required for each permanently remote worker.
Is the following a reasonable Objective statement? Is it enough for a project manager to run with?
“Return the appropriate staff to the campus but make provision for fewer employees. Expect to implement social distancing measures to meet yet-to-be-published government guidelines and Occupat
ional Health. Enable agreed remote workers with all equipment needed, when that list is agreed. We are not sure when Lockdown will end. Arrangements must cater for a possible move of offices.”
The priority in the Re-location project is the protection of employee wellbeing when they return to the workplace. Highlighted below are immediate health risks and some of the management actions you might propose as part of the move. Your organisation will determine the steps. You will need to complete the steps before the staff are entirely confident about the move.
Five assurances your staff want from you:
· You have complied with government guidance.
· You have performed a risk assessment and shared it with all employees.
· You have taken reasonable steps to enable people to work from home.
· You have taken all reasonable steps to create a working environment with a safe distance between workers.
· You have done everything practical to manage transmission risk if you cannot provide the required distance