Why should we ‘Return to the Office’?

We all agree there’s a new ‘work/life’ balance! Work, especially heads-down independent tasks, can be completed anywhere. Figuring out the blend for our responsibilities and commitments can be challenging, and working with our clients across many industries in several states we see consistent themes emerging…

We’ve highlighted a few drivers here to help YOU create your ‘WHY’

  • Professional Development – manager to employee mentoring, peer coaching, multi-generational experience sharing
  • Team Activities – Brainstorming, trouble-shooting, inspiration, product roadmaps, company strategy
  • Collaboration – multi-team engagements, GTM (Go To Market) strategies, Departmental updates
  • Connections – Social & Cultural events, Cross-department engagements, Company-wide updates

This article will provide practical insights on solutions to encourage these crucial elements in your office and create a dynamic work environment that fosters productivity, creativity, and a strong sense of community.

Encourage Collaboration and Community:

The office provides a unique opportunity for employees to collaborate and connect in casual and formal settings. Coming into the office to see coworkers enhances the overall work experience and creates a sense of community and camaraderie among colleagues.

Schedule Dedicated Time with Management

Many senior managers also are on a hybrid schedule and want to coordinate their schedules in a meaningful way with all levels of staff – Employees will be more willing to come to the office if they know the days and times that management will be there and can have impromptu or scheduled engagements with them. Team leaders and upper management should encourage “office hours” when employees can drop in to discuss concerns or get mentoring and guidance.

Better Technology and Amenities

Offices often include cutting-edge equipment such as multiple monitors, height-adjustable desks, ergonomic chairs, wireless headsets, keyboards & mice, and portable displays such as the Samsung Flip Interactive Display.

Host Social and Recreational Activities

Companies can also schedule events and activities to bring employees together and create a fun and dynamic work environment. Events may include a special guest speaker, happy hour, or even gaming areas to promote relaxation and recreation. 

Less “Cube Farm”, More “Healthy Spaces

Pantries in the office have had a considerable upgrade in the office, whether it’s adding more appliances so employees don’t have to wait around to heat their food, seating areas that are more residential, or including cafe-style booths and tables to eat lunch with coworkers. Atypical spaces, such as indoor walking paths, outdoor benches and seating, patios, and roof-top lounges, provide an in-office experience that encourages flexibility and healthy living.

Bookable Workspaces

With the rise of remote work, many employees need help to separate work and personal life. Coming to the office can define that separation. Yet an employee may still be reluctant if the office is hot-desking and unsure there will be any open areas when they get there. Bookable spaces within the office ensure employees a designated area to focus and collaborate with their colleagues, away from distractions at home.

In conclusion, returning to work is not just about returning to the physical office but also about creating a workplace that is engaging, supportive, and fulfilling. Companies can make a compelling “why” for employees to return to the office and build a more robust and dynamic work environment by focusing on workspaces that promote community, technology, recreation, and healthy living.