Getting Back to Offices

Some lawyers and staffers prefer to continue to  working remotely due to health and lifestyle concerns. Some firms have adopted return of office mandates, but allowed exceptions. Other firms are coaxing workers them back to the office with perks and improved workspaces. Below are strategies for getting teams back to the office and resources for implementing them. 

Strategies 
Amenities - offer amenities like snacks, meals, social events, and upgraded workspaces.
Apps - alert employees to apps for for ordering meals, scheduling meetings, and communicating
Fitness - provide time and space for exercise during the workday
Flexibility - accommodate those with medical or personal needs by allowing them to continue working remotely.
Makeover - upgrade offices by adding a lounge area, exercise equipment, and outdoor space
Health - protect health by improving air quality and providing anti-microbial office supplies
Policies - adopt policies to allow remote working a few days a week.

Articles
Air Quality at Work (NY Times, Sep. 13, 2021)
Bosses Want Workers Back (Washington Post, Aug. 31, 2022)
Dispensing With Masks (Fortune, Aug. 31, 2022).
Encouraging Workers to Return (ABA Journal, Oct. 26, 2021)
Enticing Workers Back to the Office (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 1, 2021)
Getting Lawyers Back to the Office (Blumberg Blog, Sept. 7, 2021)
Loosening Covid Protocols in the Workplace (Wall Street Journal, Apt. 4, 2022)
Office Life After COVID-19 (ALM, Oct. 18, 2021) 
Relaxing Covid Restrictions (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 12, 2022)
Providing Outdoor Space for Employees High Grove, Sep. 1, 2021)
Updating Return to Office Plans (HBR, Jan. 18, 2022)

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