On March 31st, we hosted an event in partnership with HqO titled The Return to the Office.
The event featured speakers with different perspectives:
* Jay Schaufeld - Head of People, HqO
* Brendan O'Neil - Program Manager, Campaigns, Robin
* Katherine Shoss - SVP and Director of Marketing, Bullfinch
* Cindy Klein Roche - Global Head of Brand Marketing, ezCater
* Allan Luciw - Sr. Property Manager, National Development
Here is the full event video:
Here are some of the topics that we cover:
- New Office Terminology - differences between fully in-person, hybrid, remote-first, digital-first, & flexible.
- Investments that building owners and property management companies have made to properties as a result of the pandemic.
- What is causing the shift in momentum to in-person work?
- What does a "safe" office look like?
- Best practices for bringing food into the office and safely consumed.
- How to handle communications with employees.
- Maintaining the culture of the company when some people are in-person and some are remote.
- Crystal ball predictions for in-office work and experiences.
Tools for Returning to the Office:
As part of our discussion, we touched upon different tools and tech that are helping companies with the return to the office. Here are some links to check out:
- HqO - the end-to-end operating system powering tenant experience.
- Owl Labs - Meeting Owl is helpful for keeping an inclusive meeting environment for remote employees.
- Robin - helps companies create a great workplace experience for their people. You can download two resources: Returning to the Office After COVID-19: Playbook and Customizable Template and a Flexible Work Policy Survey.
Return to the Office Survey Results:
We conducted a survey to gain some initial data from companies.
73% of the survey participants are involved in making decisions about their company's return to the office strategy.
Here are the results:
The top category was cut off, but it reads: Limiting the number of employees in the office.
As a disclaimer, the purpose of this event is to stimulate a discussion on these ideas and is not meant to imply any authority on the subject. Everyone should adhere to their locally mandated regulations with respect to returning the workplace.