Return to the Office But Are You Prepared?

Now that things are starting to develop into a new normal (whatever that may be?) after a very trying year, now is the time to get into the office and begin preparing for the new challenges ahead by finding the best bookkeeping practices for small business. But are you as prepared as you think you are?

Working from home for a good portion of 2020 has no doubt had a major effect in the way you work and balance your lifestyle. In fact, how you used to operate may now feel so alien to you it’s like hitting restart. Readjusting back into an office environment may not be as simple as showing up and making it business as usual. There are now extra concerns for yourself and any employees to consider.

All in all, you will find yourself having to adapt to new challenges not present before, which can take up even more of your day than you initially would expect.

If you employ a staff, are you adequately prepared for their safe return? Also, you may have to face the possibility that those staff members you had may not be able to return to their positions due to high-risk health concerns that were not a major factor before as they are today. Upon returning to work, some employees may find it hard to get back into the swing of things, a lot could need retraining.

This will be a transitional period that will require you as an employer to be flexible. There may not be options for childcare issues today with some employees and some may not be able to come to work how they previously have with transport issues.

You may opt for a gradual return and still have a majority work from home. If you have furloughed your staff, they have had a period where they have not worked for the better part of 6 months. It may not be as simple as you feel it is. You may need to manage your expectations and above all else, reducing your workload to be able to deal with this delicate transition is one of the best bookkeeping practices for small business.

You may need to unload some aspects of your own work in the office to better handle the return to work. You may choose to employ bookkeeping services to better handle the vast amounts of business invoices and accounts that need to be rebalanced after this period, or utilise payroll outsourcing services to ensure that your employees pay is received on time and you don’t extend your working hours late after the office closes.

At Pebbles Bookkeeping and HR we specialise in helping business owners with a range of small business bookkeeping solutions and payroll services in Manchester to your business. For easier money management for your business, contact us today to help yourself get your business back in the green with bookkeeping services in Manchester.

What our clients say…

A massive thank you to Diane at Pebbles Bookkeeping & HR. You took the huge stress away from where do I start, with employee policies etc. You have created us a great, informative employee handbook, covering all necessary policies and risk assessments in a matter of no time and from the other side of the world too. I will definitely be in touch for any future help our company needs.

Lisa Heggie, The Gunnery

“Pebbles have provided professional and personal approach to all our accounts needs from processing invoices to management accounts. Based in-house they have become a valuable asset to the business and have given us a more strategic and analytical approach to our finances.”


Robert Flinn, Director, The Drawing Room

“We have now been working alongside you with various clients. In some cases, we have introduced you to our clients and in other cases you have worked as part of our team. Every time we have brought you in you have done a great job. We now see you as an extended part of our team. You have proved to be professional, flexible and above all competent in getting the work done. We would not have any hesitation in recommending you again, and we look forward to working with you more in the future.”

Steve Price, BWP Inspire

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