In May of 2020, as COVID-19 rippled around the globe, real estate, HR, IT, and corporate leadership teams took extraordinary steps to slow the spread of virus, protect the health and safety of employees, and position their companies to survive the turbulence brought on by the pandemic.
To aide in this tremendous effort, CoreNet Global hosted a worldwide hackathon to help the real estate and design communities (as well as their clients) respond to a myriad of challenges posed by the pandemic. The virtual event brought together professionals representing a range of expertise to ideate and develop solutions that reached beyond the immediate crisis. More than 30 diverse teams were established to explore longer-term impacts of the virus on:
- Space Utilization & Metrics
- Distributed Work
- Workplace Well-Being
- The Autonomous Workplace
- Environment and Climate Change
- Manufacturing & Industrial
The groups were charged to create recommendations to help organizations grappling with how to adjust workstyles and manage people and facilities within a new, distanced normal.
Thought leaders from across SmithGroup’s Workplace Practice participated in this effort. Alexis Kim, Rob Moylan, Bob Varga and Rebecca Wanders have been instrumental in shaping SmithGroup’s comprehensive return to work guidelines. Partnering with CoreNet, they were assigned to groups focusing on: Space Utilization & Metrics, Distributed Work, Workplace Well-being. Continue reading to learn more about their groups’ findings and recommendations.