As European lockdowns eased over the summer of 2020 organisations faced by far the most significant organisational challenge as increasing numbers of employees chose to return to the office. Maintaining social distancing, allocating workspaces, cleaning and scheduling work rotations as occupancy rates increased put a huge strain on organisations. To ensure employee safety organisations needed to monitor and manage who, how and when people were in the office. Planning this phase of return to work early has become top priority as increasing numbers of employees wanting to return on a rotation basis leads to a higher demand on time.
Organisations are now leaning towards leveraging workplace data such as occupancy and booking insights to manage work rotations and keep within social distancing occupancy limits. There is a lot that can be learned from the global return to work to ensure this phase runs smoothly and will evolve to form a central part of managing the emerging hybrid working environments that are likely to be our business as usual post-COVID.