Week of 6/8/20: Insight & Articles We Are Reading
The dramatic transition has no doubt been eye opening for companies. Even those already encouraging work from home weren’t planning this scale of remote operations. Organizations are learning a great deal about how they can nourish company culture, what they need in their tech ecosystems, flexible scheduling policies, how we measure productivity and more.
At some point, restrictions will be lifted and companies will begin to welcome staff back to the workplace. When we do so, let’s be sure to apply some of what we’ve learned, and keep some of those things that make us smile a part of our daily routines.
Read about four ways companies can make that happen.
The disruption caused by COVID has had a profound impact on workplace. In a few short months, there have been major changes in where and how many people work. The mass transition to telework has been challenging for many, but the impulse to go back to “normal” should be questioned. We should first reconnect with the purpose of the workplace: to connect and support people in collaborative work.
With the emergence of this new environment and a renewed importance of various technologies, this article explores three key questions about the current telework moment:
- How can technology support workplaces that are both safe and high-performance?
- Will this shift last, and should we want it to?
- What can we learn about navigating disruption and change?
By Tracey Brower | June 7, 2020
We’re in the midst of the most significant reinvention of work in our time. We’ve proven people can work anywhere and the greatest social experiment—sending everyone home to do their work—has decimated barriers to working away from the office.
Some contend people are working with a reasonable level of productivity from home. And this is during arguably the worst-case situation for remote work: Being forced to work from home without choice, experiencing stress about the pandemic, sharing space with spouses or partners who are furloughed or also trying to work from home and finding time to educate children who would normally be at school—all of these create challenging conditions. Even so, people are getting work done—and could probably perform even better from home when the coronavirus abates, children go back to school and employees can return to a more typical way of life.
We can work from home with some level of effectiveness. We can meet using all kinds of technology platforms. We can stay connected to colleagues. We can perform our tasks. We can manage our work.
We can, but it’s just not the best idea.
By Jordan Goldstein and David Kramer | June 08, 2020
The one thing most of us will be looking for when we re-engage with our communities is an underlying trust in the environment that we’re emerging into. There’s been much written about the need for screening checkpoints at the entries of buildings. For many, these checkpoints represent barriers to entry where one is confronted with a myriad mix of temporary tech equipment, signage and queuing lines. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Whether residential or commercial, these entry experiences can be looked at through a far more optimistic lens — one that seamlessly fuses architecture and technology together to create environments that inspire confidence and create a welcoming first impression. In this approach, we can actually create spatial experiences that are higher in quality and value than they were before.
Let’s explore how we get there.
- COVID-19 Safety Signage
- COVID-19 Response Assessment
- Tips to Ease Employees Back to the Workplace Post-COVID-10 and Give Them Confidence in Their Work Environment
- Checklist for Preparing the Workplace for Your Employees
- Workstation Enclosure and Space Delineation
- Screens – Adding Enclosure to Spaces Around the Workplace
- Local Company Makes Changes for a Safe Return to Work
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