WD Flex Recap: New Patterns & Trends in Returning to the Office

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A recap of week 1 of WD Flex: Back to the Office featuring Calandra Cruickshank, Kate Lister, Ben Waber, Dr. Peggie Rothe and Bryan Berthold 

To kick off our summer series with a comprehensive review of the workplace, we need the hard facts and data. What is really happening? Many of the survey results that you see have a bias – that promotes a specific interest. We have assembled the best research and data minds in the world that focus on talent, distributed work, use of technology, work patterns, and corporate office space. They present their observations and discuss the shifts that are occurring.

This session is loaded with great information – here are four takeaways as a preview:

  • If you want people to come to your office – have good coffee
  • know your audience
  • use the right data
  • take this time to fix what was broken before – don’t just go back to “normal”

This conversation is moderated by Calandra Cruickshank. Calandra is the President & CEO of StateBook, a premiere provider of comprehensive economic market data for every community in the U.S. You can stay up to date with their resources here.

Kate Lister

President of Global Workplace Analytics 

Check out Kate’s current research here. You can read her work for Work Design Magazine here. Stay tuned for her next WDM article coming in August!

Ben Waber

President and Co-Founder of Humanyze

He is a contributing writer for Work Design Magazine and has recently been featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Peggie Rothe

Chief Insights & Research Officer for Leesman

Check out the executive summary “What Makes An Organization Future-Ready In 2021?” published early this month here. To view Leesman’s latest research in depth click here.

Bryan Berthold

Global Lead of Workplace Experience for Cushman & Wakefield

You can view his most recent research here.


Following the individual presentations, Calandra led a lively roundtable discussion and Q&A from the audience.

Audience reception from this conversation was so strong we are gathering this same group together (in-person?) in February 2022. Pencil it in – more details to come soon!

Special Thanks to WD Flex Sponsor:

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