Approaching the new work normal

Image of two people climbing - Scaling a Mountain_ Approaching the new work normal

The whole country is now exploring what the new work normal looks like for their business.  Octopus Personnel, as a team, are now working hard to implement steps for us to start safely returning to the office and we wanted to share our approach with you.

There are so many competing challenges for businesses at the moment and it can, at times, be hard to see the wood for the trees.  To help us, we have moved our focus to a 42 day rolling plan, which is constantly updated by the whole team, and we have used ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’ to make sure all aspects of the team’s welfare is being considered.

A mountain showing Maslows Hierarchy of Needs - the new work normal

A practical approach

Physiological needs are the easiest to meet, but have, in their own right, needed consideration when returning to the office.  Making sure that everyone is able to do their job safely has been the first priority.  From who is using the kettle to how the desks are positioned, everything within the office is being considered to ensure these needs can be met.  We are ensuring that we have a good working environment for all, alongside the right tools to safely perform our roles.

Safety: our biggest concern

Safety is obviously of paramount concern during this time.  Screens, sanitiser, floor markings, routes in and out of the office are all being addressed, but perhaps most importantly all members of the team have access to the plan and can raise any issues they are concerned about.  A Health & Safety inspection is also booked to ensure that every aspect of provision has been thought through.  Everyone’s opinion has been treated with respect, allowing all ideas to be put forward and the best ones developed.

Our continued passion

Belonging is perhaps one of the easiest needs for the Octopus family to meet, as we had such a strong underlying team ethos.  Weekly Zoom meetings help us remain connected and as mentioned, every member of the team is a stakeholder in the return to the office, whether they will be office based or not.  The team dynamic has never been stronger and that is most certainly down to the quality of communication we share.  The same vision for the business continues to be held by all.

Picture of the Octopus Team Business - Team Spirit - the new work normal

 Feeling valued

The challenges, which businesses have faced already and continue to face, are not to be underestimated.  Using Microsoft Teams, we have made sure that each member of the team is recognised for their contribution each day.  Goals have become much shorter focused, as we push the business forward day by day and all successes are shared and celebrated.  From placing temps to completing payroll, every task is being shared and recognised by all to maintain transparency and inclusion.

 Dream big…

This all means that the Octopus team is here and ready to ‘think big’.  Everyone has had the opportunity to be creative, to have a vision for the future, to reinvent, and provide direct input to senior leadership. Creative solutions, the application of technology and a lot of hard work have helped Octopus navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic so far and means we are ready and raring to go as we push the business forward again into the new normal.

It would be great to hear how you have been and how you are approaching the return to the new world of work? Drop us an email to or request a call back here.

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the social media and website you see online to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of things, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!