We’ve witnessed a remote work revolution. We’ve learned that we’re technologically capable in ways we hadn’t imagined. Still, many Americans are in the midst of navigating their potential return to in-person work. And for business owners, founders, and employees, getting back into the office is about more than just safety. So what, in addition to public health recommendations, should we consider in the return (or not…) back to the office?
Here’s the shortlist.
Financial and operational agility.
Does a post-Covid return to traditional corporate real estate strategies make financial sense for your company or startup? Many businesses say no. Take a few of the biggies. REI just ditched its unused 8-acre campus in Bellevue, Washington with plans to work remotely indefinitely. Uber will be remote through June 2021 -- and provided employees with a $500 stipend to set up a home office. Zillow offered its employees the option to work away from the office permanently.
Here’s where Kiln comes into the picture. Shared workspaces provide a balance between in-person and virtual working styles. They provide the flexibility that businesses crave as they navigate a post-pandemic world. And when your goal is to de-densify your workplace, Kiln can help you save. Financial agility in a post-Covid world might mean passing up on traditional headquarters and offices, in favor of remote work or shared workspaces.
And a few additional considerations.
Does a return to the office allow you to maintain operational agility? Does in-person work equip you with greater decision-making flexibility? A more robust brainstorming routine? Does in-person work reduce screen time and encourage your full and present attention?
The supercharge moments. The aha moments. The experience-first environment.
These are hard to come by, especially with zoom fatigue and a remote team. Still, our newfound and unparalleled access to talent all across the world might mean that we have just as many breakthrough moments virtually. With the press of a button, we have access to experts thousands of miles away. It’s never been easier to consult with so many people. Kiln’s locations have virtual conference meeting rooms, podcast studios, and super fast internet. Allowing employees to use smaller, satellite offices rather than a single, centralized location helps preserve the company culture, facilitate the learning process, and create the supercharge moments.
As we adapt to new ways to work, we need to ensure that we’re taking holistic and comprehensive care of our wellness. This means physical, social, intellectual, and emotional wellbeing.
Finding cohesion in our work-life routines, practicing gratitude and mindfulness, and getting outdoors have lasting effects. We’ve written up a few of our favorite strategies.
On connectivity, cohesion, and company culture.
These are nearly impossible to attain in a two-dimensional world. But in a de-densified and semi-remote style, we can attest to success.
With a semi-remote style, businesses get the best of both worlds. There’s undeniable diversity in thought, and diversity in talent, that comes with remote employees.
Take this case study.
Picktochart, a semi-remote web-based infographics company, decided to compensate remote employees by allocating for shared-workspaces and well-being allowance. These benefits and perks are comparable to those granted to in-person employees. This side-by-side comparison ensured confidence in moving forward with a semi-remote style.
The vaccine rollout across the country means that many of us are, for the first time, seriously considering the end to this pandemic. The return to normalcy for your business involves multifaceted considerations -- that predicate on but extend beyond safety considerations. However, you choose to move forward, know that Kiln is ready to facilitate your full return or partial return to the workspace and to enable you with technology-oriented tools.