As I sit here in June 2021 I can’t help but think about the world reopening and with it many companies’ encouraging employees to return to the office. Personally, I miss the personal connections and the random interactions that, for me anyway, are a huge source of energy and inspiration.
Here are a few insights and ideas I’m thinking about and hoping to see as we embrace the opportunity to create the new normal of “the office” –
1 – Focus on creativity and collaboration – not cubicles and desks. Eliminate dedicated workspaces and open up the office to inspire group interaction
2 – Ensure that remote workers continue to feel as connected to the conversation as those in the room. This means we need to rethink how we run hybrid meetings and integrating digital polling, Q&A and brainstorming tools into the conference platform
3 – Optimize meeting spaces for collaboration and group sizes of 6-8. Lectures and large group meetings can be delivered via zoom with breakouts supported in meeting rooms
4 – Leverage corporate podcast platforms to securely share readouts and training for folks who cannot attend live
5 – Show empathy, patience and choice whenever possible…Everyone of us is experiencing and managing this transition differently and it will take time for us to find the natural equilibrium
Ild love to hear your thoughts on what you are hoping to see in the return to the office! Please leave them as comments below.