Returning to the office seems more and more plausible as Covid cases in certain regions fall and vaccinations continue to be distributed.
However, transitioning back to in-person arrangements may not be as seamless as some employers had hoped. In fact some are wondering whether it’s worth trying at all, but some tech companies are making the attempt to better support employee needs moving forward.
Google, for instance, is trying to resolve this challenge by allowing employees to come back into the office three days each week. Being one of the most recognizable tech companies in the world, this move sets a precedent for how all Silicon Valley-esque companies should approach the future of the workplace.
The company’s hybrid policy aims to seamlessly meld remote and in-person employees by creating meeting spaces, coined Campfire, that make meetings more immersive for all workers no matter where they are located.
Additionally, Google is designing a variety of spaces, such as outdoor areas, to help teams collaborate easier in a safe environment and ease feelings of anxiety that people may have about returning to the office.