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The Rise of Pet-Friendly Offices
In the past two years, the workforce has seen a boom in demand for pet-friendly policies at work. Let's look into the reasons behind this, the pros and cons of office pets, and some tips for creating a pet-friendly office with people-centered policies.
What Is a Virtual Office? (Advantages & Disadvantages)
Research from CBRE found that nearly 85% of employees would prefer to work remotely at least two to three days a week. On top of that staggering conclusion, Chicago Booth economists found that nearly 34% of U.S. jobs can be performed at home. What does this research mean for companies that have yet to adopt a hybrid or remote work model? Change is coming.
Over the past few years, the office landscape has transformed into something entirely different from a traditional office. Instead of gloomy 9-to-5 days spent in a cubicle or conference room, employees spend their days collaborating with peers and clients from virtually everywhere. This change has made a difference—now, 77% of employees report that this flexibility benefits their mental health.
Over the past few years, the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent increase in hybrid and remote work have blurred the lines between home and professional life. As the stress in our work lives increases, our mood regulation skills become less effective. When this happens, work stress can bleed into our home and personal lives.⁸
How to Improve Employee Engagement in a Hybrid Office
Hybrid work is here to stay. According to Microsoft’s 2021 Work Trend Index, employees want control of when, where, and how they work and they expect businesses to provide them with work options.⁴ The rise of employee empowerment has led to projected increases in hybrid work for the foreseeable future.
Hybrid for the People: Free Hybrid Office Software
Over the past few years, we have seen the rise of hybrid work as the pandemic forced employees to work from home and changed how companies view the physical workplace. It’s become clear that this isn’t a temporary change—hybrid work is the new normal.¹
Three years ago, 60% of U.S. employees worked entirely on-site. The typical worker commuted to the office daily, sat at an assigned desk, and had little flexibility in choosing their working conditions.
A new Gallup survey found that 91% of remote-capable employees—those who can conduct their job responsibilities remotely, even part-time—prefer to work exclusively remote or hybrid.1 When companies transition from fully remote or in-person work to hybrid, their office environment, reporting structure, and operating procedures are all subject to change at the discretion of the employees. Company culture is at the root of this challenge and is responsible for more than you might think.
13 Team Building Events To Bring People Back To The Office
To help you encourage employees to come back to the office, we asked CEOs and people managers this question for their best recommendations. From Shark Tank-themed sessions to office Olympic games, there are several team-building events that may help you entice and energize your workers back to work in person with their teams at the office.
OfficeTogether is a Featured App on the Slack App Directory
We are excited to announce that OfficeTogether is now a featured app in the office management category of the Slack App Directory! With our slack integration, employees and office leaders can manage in-office days with ease and capitalize on critical in-person moments.
For companies looking to maximize the in-person workforce, addressing the demand for office space flexibility is a challenge. So, let’s see how six companies created unique office spaces to reflect corporate values and employee needs.
As it relates to the employee life cycle, engagement is highly important for maximizing productivity and happiness. Let’s take a look at the role of a workplace experience manager. We’ll cover why the job matters and how to optimize a workplace for optimal experience and engagement.
In-Person Office Etiquette (Creating Your Company Culture)
Returning to the office can benefit employees by helping them reestablish the sense of community that comes from being around coworkers in a physical space.⁷ Companies should reinforce the importance of maintaining good office etiquette to ensure that employees are comfortable and that the time they spend in the office is constructive.
11 Ways to Up Your Team Meeting Participation (Hybrid Tips)
Encouraging employee engagement in remote, in-person, or hybrid meetings can be challenging. This article will address 11 ways you can up your team meeting participation before, during, and after your meetings to maximize team productivity.
Improve Your Seating Chart in the Office This Year
As employees return to the office, managers need to be aware that where employees sit can impact how they do professionally.⁵ An effective office seating chart can boost employee morale and collaboration, while cramped seating can be detrimental to office productivity. This article will discuss how you can improve your seating chart in the office.
Great Work Events for Employee Engagement in Hybrid Offices
Engaged employees don’t only show up to work and check off their to-do-list items all day — these are people who connect with their company’s vision, give maximum effort to each project or assignment, and contribute to the success of their team. So, what do employees need to reach this level of engagement?
While video calls are ideal for remote work, it’s safe to say they don’t come without challenges. When used correctly, video conferencing can boost productivity and collaboration among your team. Remote meeting etiquette can be the difference in making your virtual team meetings effective, but what does proper etiquette look like?
Hybrid work is a relatively new, widespread work model where a company balances an in-office and remote workforce. Employees may work entirely remotely, entirely in-office, or split time between both. Over the past few years, technological advancements, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a growing expectation among employees for flexible work have all led to the rising popularity of hybrid work.
Mother’s Day is an opportunity for companies to acknowledge female employees who are both working and caring for children. So, how can businesses show their appreciation, especially in a hybrid office where some people work from home? Here’s how to celebrate Mother’s Day at work this year.
What Do Summer Fridays Look Like in a Flexible Work Model?
Now more than ever, employees are feeling burnt out at work. In one survey, over half of respondents said they experienced burnout in 2021, up from 43% before COVID-19. Current events, job insecurity, and the pandemic have caused many people to feel increased stress and anxiety.
Team Builders that Work for Hybrid Offices (16 Ideas)
Before the pandemic, company managers would hold team-building activities in an office meeting room with everyone physically present in the same space. For many companies, things changed significantly over the past few years. Hybrid offices, where employees split time between in-office and remote work, are the new norm.² As more companies switch to a hybrid work model, teams must adapt to virtual team builders that suit all employees.
Whether you are looking to expand or reduce your office space, it is a logistical nightmare to settle on the office square footage per person. The amount of office space your business needs comes down to an overwhelming number of variables: the length of your office lease, the number of employees, how you meet internally and with clients, and desired amenities, to name a few.
What Is Hybrid Work? (And How Does It Improve Efficiency?)
Hybrid work is a work model that allows employees to split time between going to the office and working remotely. Some companies let employees pick their in-office days, while others have a strict schedule.
Webinar: Mental Health Considerations for Hybrid Work
The workplace's effect on mental health has never been more relevant. 68 percent of Millennials and 81 percent of Gen Zers have left jobs for mental health reasons, such as overwhelming and unsustainable work (Harvard Business Review). Employers are beginning to understand the mental health challenges their employees face and are looking to become more proactive in supporting their workers' psychological wellbeing.
What's Your Enneagram Number? How Personality Patterns Affect Your Productivity
Why is understanding the Enneagram so crucial for a high-functioning office? Once your team members understand their individual types, each of them has actionable insights and strategies to improve their own habits. It also helps your team members better understand one another.
In the ongoing pandemic, roughly 45% of U.S. employees are still fully or partially working from home. For most, the flexibility and comfort of remote work have many pros over the traditional office environment.
A meeting room booking system provides the tools to reserve office space, schedule meetings, and overall help businesses operate an efficient hybrid work model. Rather than requiring employees to come into the office every day, companies can utilize meeting room booking systems to reserve office space when needed.
How to Manage Employee Anxiety About Returning to the Office
While many businesses turned to remote work during the pandemic's various government shutdowns, many are meeting in person again. Returning to the office after COVID shutdowns might cause your employees added stress and anxiety.
Why the Hybrid Work Model Is the Future of Business
While the hybrid work model existed before the pandemic, it wasn’t until 2020 that it took off the ground. Having the flexibility of working from home and on-site provides benefits for both businesses as a whole and individual employees.
Which Chronotype Are You?: What Sleep Patterns Tell Us about Productivity
The differences in individuals’ biological prime times can be categorized into what researchers call chronotypes. Chronotypes influence our sleep patterns, as well as appetite patterns and levels of alertness throughout the day.
Since the spring of 2020, businesses have had to make adjustments to their workplace settings. While the term “hot desk” and desk booking platforms existed before the global pandemic, there has been a surge in popularity with businesses seeking ways to safely return to in-person work.
As we start the new year, many companies are considering bringing employees back to the office for in-person interaction. As expected, there is still concern over safety and continuing to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Here are some things to consider before choosing to reopen
As businesses are opening up offices around the country, decisions around how to keep employees safe and limit the spread of coronavirus must be made. Here is a guide to help businesses create their employee health checks.
Why Meeting in Person Is More Important Than Ever in 2022
Since COVID-19 swept the globe, Zoom and Webex meetings have become the norm; that’s nothing new to us. While these meetings proved to be crucial for many companies to operate during stay-at-home mandates, the reality still stands that in-person meetings offer several benefits that online meetings simply cannot provide...
Desk booking software, or hoteling software, is a tool used by employees looking to easily reserve a location for team meetings, brainstorming sessions, or whatever in-person tasks a business needs to accomplish...
Be Prepared to Comply with the President’s Workplace Vaccine Mandate
Regardless of how you feel about the COVID-19 vaccination or DoL mandate, your employees who have not yet been vaccinated probably don’t want to be vaccinated. And as a leader of your firm, you need to walk a fine line between respecting the preferences of employees and maintaining the health and safety of your company and the greater community....
Post-vaccinations, many of us thought we would be returning to a pre-pandemic “normal” — or at least getting to see our teams in the office again. Instead, employees are faced with their company’s uncertain (and increasingly inconsistent) office re-opening plans, as well as the emotional exposure that comes from deciding how they’re feeling about the return to the office...
What’s Next for the Office? A Conversation on the Future of Hybrid Work
On August 12th, OfficeTogether gathered leaders from Figma, Snyk, and Spokn to talk about one of the hottest dinner table topics — the office. Our conversation confirmed that everyone is committed to doing what is best for employees as well as the company, which is resulting in a wide range of office policies...
Not just for living in: The rise of the office neighborhood
There are many factors to consider when designing an office and implementing a functional office model. Our workplace impacts productivity, collaboration, employee wellbeing, talent retention, real estate costs, and more, so it’s important to get it right...
Increasing employee productivity makes a huge difference to company performance, and drives competitive advantage. Over the years, organizations have introduced different initiatives, technologies, processes and even transformation programs to move the needle on productivity, with varying degrees of success...
Corenet Panel: From Office Centric to Remote First: Where does Fast Growing Global Tech Stand? – June 7th, 2021
On Monday, June 7th, we brought three fantastic speakers from Coinbase, Tide, and MyHeritage to talk about the changing office landscape. Each speaker shared their companies’ respective push to hybrid work over a one-hour panel, moderated by myself, Amy Yin..
Office leasing is on the decline, and companies are redirecting budgets in a big way: To offsites and employee experience. Many companies have always spent money on fun events and ways to get the team to bond...
Should I Join a Hybrid-Remote Company? [2 Factors to Consider]
Conversations around the return to the office are happening now, and yet, there’s still lingering ambiguity around what the return will look like. Many employees are looking to stay remote, while an equally sized cohort of employees is looking to work in person again...
Hybrid-remote is possible: 3 ways OfficeTogether will make your return to the office easier
More than half of employees are looking for more direction around returning to work after the pandemic. Mckinsey researchers found that 40 percent of employees still have not been told what to expect and 28 percent described their employer’s plan as vague. Of note, 52 percent are anticipating a hybrid office model...
6 Hybrid Remote Office Models To Attract & Retain Top Talent
It’s time to lead your company into its next stage. As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout picks up speed in North America, particularly in major cities, and your employees begin to envision a post-pandemic life, the moment has come to solidify your office’s reopening plans...
The 5 new “work from anywhere” profiles — and what your team wants from a return
The word of 2020 was “unprecedented”—many leaders closed their offices for the first time last March, without any idea of when they’d re-open. But after more than a year of uncertainty and confusion, the majority of Americans are expected to be partially vaccinated over the summer...
EBN Views: What you’re overlooking in managing your company’s hybrid remote policy
In navigating these uncertain times with your workforce, using data to inform long-term solutions and incorporating your company’s core values into your hybrid remote work policy can help align your organization and keep your employees engaged...
I’m excited to show you what OfficeTogether has been building over the last five months! I started this company in summer of 2020 in response to a growing number of companies making a hard pivot into hybrid office schedules...
When shelter in place first slammed down on San Francisco in March, I was eager to return to the Coinbase offices, where I had been a software engineer for the last three years. I missed the close collaboration with my peers, the camaraderie forged over daily lunch conversations and my ergonomic office setup that helped me get stuff done...
Flexible Work Arrangement Policy Examples for 2022
As COVID-19 numbers decline, more and more companies are reopening their offices for in-person work and collaboration. However, many companies have found benefits to remote work, as well. This is why companies are starting to adopt flexible work arrangement policies.
How Space Management Improves Productivity in the Office
As employees gradually return to the office, many struggle to maximize the available office space. Whether the space and equipment are rented or owned, employees and employers can benefit from taking full advantage of coworking management software and office seat reservation systems.