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What is re-entry syndrome?

As lockdown eases, ICAEW offers expert insights to help auditors avoid ‘re-entry syndrome’ and get to grips with the new post-pandemic workplace.

Lockdown easing will present businesses with many challenges – some commercial, some operational, some practical and some to do with personal and interpersonal aspects of the emerging new normal. The latter may prove particularly tricky to manage, if only because of how much has changed during the pandemic.

This is not a return to business as usual: the uncertainty continues. Experts are warning that employers have a duty of care to avoid ‘re-entry syndrome’ among their staff. A period of readjustment on returning to the workplace is not unusual – people have always needed to do this after being off sick or on maternity leave for long periods – but this time it’s different