The pandemic has dramatically disrupted how we work. We may have thought it was temporary disruption, where we make a few adjustments, and all will eventually return to normal. It’s not turned out that way.
How do you create a plan for the new workplace and ways of working? A good plan is more than nominating a number of days in the office.
This is not a good time for playing ‘wait and see’. Simply exhorting staff to ‘come back’ may fall flat if the office experience is a ghost town.
Right now each organisation needs a plan that re-aligns workspace, technology and ways of working with organisational purpose, employee experience & culture.
The plan needs, at least, to work within budget parameters, and perhaps even include cost reductions in the event that property can be consolidated.
These questions aren’t actually new, and prior to COVID we worked through them with over 75 organisations who were already ready to tackle them for reasons other than the disruption caused by the pandemic.
Our recent case study of a $20 million saving over 10 years is not uncommon.
Ultimately the way we achieve this is through a mapping process that:
The research and recommendations model we use, called ‘Touchline’, leaves you with:
Hard data from our analytical tools so you know you’re not guessing, consistent with worldwide research carried out since the pandemic.
A set of ‘signature stories’ demonstrating your future state that staff and leaders can endorse and be inspired by actions for the design of your space, technology, and change management that are ready to go and budgeted within your constraints.
Clearly articulated answers to all the big questions about workplace culture, workplace EVP, talent retention, etc.
Over the years, the Workplace Strategy team at Amicus has assisted organisations of every size, shape and industry to establish workplace environments that bring out the very best in their people. In many instances, our clients have won awards for projects that we were proud to support with strategic visioning and change advice.
For our team, the issues COVID has brought to the surface are nothing new. For many years prior to the pandemic, we helped our clients successfully deploy high flex ways of working matched with a smaller office footprint and enhanced use of technology. This is simply a great idea whose time has now come.
And our secret sauce? More than anything we know how to build a shared picture of the future that everyone can say yes to. The picture frame consists of well choreographed physical spaces (home, office, other), technologies, and ways of working. And the picture itself… is all about the people!