Microsoft’s 2021 Work Trend Index surveyed more than 30,000 people in 31 countries. According to its findings, leaders are out of touch with employees and need a wakeup call. So – what does that mean for a return to office strategy?
Returning to the office can’t mean going back in time to pre-pandemic spaces, we must rebuild company culture and rethink a post-pandemic future. If business leaders remain out of touch with their employees, the risk of employee turnover increases. To help keep employees engaged and give them something better to return to, leaders need to re-evaluate their return to office strategy and make employees feel safe, engaged, productive, and inspired.
Where are you in your journey?
As the transition to hybrid work becomes a reality, we’re outlining the three 3 R’s of returning to the office that every organization can use as a guide throughout their return to office strategy: reassess, retrofit, reimagine.
Now that you know where you are in your journey, let’s walk through each phase and dive deeper into potential solutions.
Steelcase research shows that air quality, the adherence to safety protocols, and general cleanliness rank among the most important safety considerations when returning to the office. By following CDC guidance and implementing science-based protocols to create a safe work environment, these foundational decisions and starting points of your return to office strategy can help build employee trust.
HEALTH AND SAFETY IDEAS TO CONSIDER:
People expect more autonomy and flexibility when they return to the office. Hybrid work is here to stay, and every organization will need to develop a point of view on what works for them. Organizations that want to meet evolving employee expectations but can’t complete a full renovation can still implement innovative solutions into existing spaces with minimal effort.
SOLUTIONS FOR RETROFITTING EXISTING SPACES:
Since 72% of people expect to return to a hybrid work environment, it’s critical to find new ways to effectively collaborate in the open and enclosed plan and create an equitable experience for distributed teams. It’s not just about returning to the office; it’s about returning to something better. Red Thread’s concept spaces integrate both technology and furniture and entice employees to return to a reimagined office.
INTEGRATED APPLICATIONS TO CREATE EQUITABLE EXPERIENCES:
To Learn More: Reimagined Office Design and Budget Guide
Our interactive guide includes additional 3D renderings, products, and pricing for an extensive array of innovative integrated space applications. You can explore 8 neighborhoods in a hybrid office that support different kinds of work, learn about both safe and collaborative workplace technology, and discover more furniture and retrofit solutions organized by space type.