Navigating through the decision-making process of returning to the workplace is very challenging. We believe that people, space and technology need to work together. This framework will help you develop your post-COVID workplace with employee safety, well-being, and trust as the top priority.

Jeff Keener, CEO of Red Thread

THE NOW, NEAR AND FAR

Returning to the workplace after COVID-19 will be like reopening the economy. It will happen in waves and it will be stressful for both organizations and workers. It’s impossible to predict what may happen next.

As we work with leading organizations and experts, we recognize the importance of looking at the return to work across the time horizons of now, near and far. For many organizations this will happen in waves and differ across geographies, as they bring segments of their workforce safely back into the office. Accommodating social distancing in the workplace will demand a number of changes throughout the floor plan in phases.

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SPACE CONSIDERATIONS

Returning to work after COVID-19 demands a rethinking of the workplace. Companies want to bring people back to the office because they know it’s the best place for people to come together, align on priorities and get things done. People have grown weary of isolation and look forward to being able to speak directly to their colleagues and solve problems. As organizations plan for people to return in waves, they need a strategy for the physical work environment that follows new safety protocols and allows people to create, collaborate and be productive.

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TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

Now more than ever, technology is at the forefront of how all organizations collaborate, whether we are working from home or returning back to the office. Employee trust and safety are a top priority and technology will provide critical ways to monitor and manage compliance of new protocols for a safe working environment. Technology is a critical component in defining the future of work.

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