The pandemic caused many employers to allow their employees to work remotely. As we enter the second winter during COVID-19, fewer people have returned to the workplace, and many wonder if they will ever return to the pre-pandemic work environment. The truth is that the virus has caused many uncertainties for people.

There’s no telling if there will be more mandates in the future that will cause employees to stay working remotely. Many have changed how they handle child care and would need time to make new arrangements if asked to return to work. Microsoft recently dealt with this, announcing a “return to work” date for its employees to eliminate any uncertainties. The company wants to find ways to ease people’s minds before bringing them back into the workplace. The more comfortable your employees are, the better they will perform and the more likely they will be to stay with the company.