With 2021 in the rear view mirror, we’re reflecting on the top ten articles we’ve posted that will help shape future trends and topics in the new year.

From workplace personas to hybrid work and returning to the office, this past year was full of workplace transformation strategies to bridge the gap between in-person and remote work. We’re looking forward to seeing where 2022 will take us next.

10. New Microsoft Teams Meeting Rooms Features Welcome Employees Back to Work

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Review how to make your conference rooms video-enabled while keeping the employee experience simple with One Touch Join using Logitech room solutions. Currently, Logitech room solutions are available for a variety of room sizes with Teams Rooms on Windows and Teams Rooms on Android.

9. Red Thread’s Hybrid Work Framework and Outcome

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Our Boston WorkLife in Seaport underwent a recent Steelcase refresh to create a whole new look and feel with new furniture and technology applications based on findings from their latest Future of Work Global Report.

8. The 3 R’s of Return to Office (RTO) Strategy

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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.

7. Four Post-COVID Learning Spaces 

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To create educational spaces that are safe, yet inspiring, Steelcase has conducted extensive Learn Better research. Building upon Steelcase’s design principles, we’re showcasing four different types of learning spaces that feature integrated classroom furniture and technology to enhance the learning experience.

6. Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) or Purchasing: Which is right for you? 

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Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) closely follows the popular Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model by giving access to hardware in addition to software, maintenance, installation, and upgrades. Looking to learn more about HaaS? Make sure you ask each vendor the following questions to see what’s included in their offering.

5. Dunder Mifflin’s Reimagined Office: 6 Post-COVID Concept Spaces 

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Since the first episode of NBC’s hit comedy The Office aired in March of 2005, we’re looking back on its 16th year anniversary to see how six new concept spaces we developed could have been incorporated if it were seeking an innovative, post-COVID environment.

4. Roadmap to Reopening: Hybrid Office Toolkit 

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Workplaces will be a vital part of a hybrid work future, but how can leaders ensure employee needs are met in the office and at home? Follow along with our hybrid office toolkit featuring safety, space management, collaboration, and acoustic key considerations.

3. 5 Blended Learning Design Principles

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By combining previous research with new findings during the pandemic, Steelcase uncovered top insights to create better blended learning experiences. This research led to five design principles foundational to creating productive, compelling, and safe blended learning environments.

2. Employee Retention in a Post-Pandemic World: Stop the Stampede 

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Microsoft’s research revealed five key strategies workplace leaders can adopt to ensure a smooth transition to hybrid work as part of the reimagined office. We’re sharing ways Red Thread’s Broadcast Studio meets each recommendation from Microsoft to ensure strong employee retention.

1. New Office Settings for 5 Workplace Personas

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By applying the various personas identified in Steelcase’s research with the five needs employees have now, workplace leaders can create safe, compelling spaces and motivate people to return to the office. Here are the five workplace personas Steelcase discovered. We’ve recognized each persona’s top need and recommended space design.

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As we enter the new year, you might want to re-evaluate your workplace settings and explore a real-life hybrid work environment. We encourage you to schedule an appointment and visit our Boston WorkLife today!

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