Who would have thought that so many CEOs would be giving reporters interviews to the NYT and the London based FT about the significance or non-significance of the office and do we return when the hammer of the shut-down is lifted? But that was actually what has happened in the last few weeks where opinions ran the gamut from getting rid of all offices and employees will all have to work from home, to a mixed office and remote working arrangements and finally to a whole rethink of office design.
Read my second article in the series of Trimble Real Estate sponsored articles on the ‘new’ normal.
Deloitte recommends not making any major transactions right away, like canceling all your leases or selling those high rise office towers. The office is not dead, but we can do what is recommended in this second article during this first period when we are planning for re-entry which is happening sooner rather than later as the hammer comes up and businesses are reopening in many cities around the world.
With whatever plan the “dream team” of FM,CRE, HR, IT and finance comes up with, hopefully at least you have implemented some technology (we recommend CAFM or IWMS as you need the existing building and HR information which is critical for making plans on evidence-based data. This information will let you execute the short term plans by executing “what if” scenarios on comparing capacity to demand, testing various space plans to include social distancing, ensuring you have as healthy a building as possible and new procedures (aided by digital workflow), project management scheduling, as well as move and maintenance schedules.
Look for the final two articles to follow as we transition into a ‘learning environment’ (as Microsoft has recently called it) in Phase Two: Recovery and as we track what does and doesn’t work in planning for the Phase Three of Resilience and Thrive.
If you have an immediate need to address the unique workplace planning and management challenges created by Covid-19, please contact the Trimble Manhattan team at email@example.com for a demo or more information.
Nancy Sanquist, Resident Writer
Nancy Sanquist is an IFMA Fellow, an AIA Associate, and is currently Chair of the IFMA Foundation Board of Trustees. Nancy has been in the real estate and facility management technology business for three decades; she has spoken at industry conferences all over the world. She is a well-known author and editor, including two IFMA Foundation books, Work on the Move (2014) and Work on the Move (2) (2016). Nancy formerly worked as an academic professor in art and architecture (UCLA; Lafayette and Muhlenberg Colleges), as a historic preservation urban planner (Easton, Pennsylvania), and as an urban revitalization consultant (Hollywood Revitalization, Los Angeles).
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