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WFH Is Here To Stay. Now What?
August 27, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mark your calendars for Thursday August 27th @11 AM EDT!
As we adapt to the post-pandemic “new normal,” many experts are predicting that work from home is here to stay. As employers develop policies that enforce strict social and physical distancing guidelines to ensure a safe return to the workplace, some employees may be encouraged or required to work from home on a permanent basis, while others may be required to work from home on a part time or temporary basis for phased return to the office. For the foreseeable future, most organizations likely will be experiencing some combination of both scenarios, as well as employees who are given a choice and opt to work from home. The general assumption moving forward is that 30%-40% of office workers globally will be working from home at any given time.
This reality is causing many employees to evaluate the quality and comfort of their home office set-ups for long term occupancy, and many employers are navigating uncharted waters to determine their organizational responsibility to support their employees at home, and the unanticipated costs of doing so. The implications, both physical and psychological, could have a major impact on productivity levels, health and wellbeing, liability and attraction and retention, to name just a few topics of concern.
This panel discussion will explore the new landscape of work from home, and allow business leaders to digest the most recent thinking around implications and methods for supporting a remote workforce. If we begin with a core assumption that “the home office” has now become an extension of the corporate office, from here needs to be the provision of the same IT and human resources support as in the office, as well as the same health and safety and ergonomic support, and the same mental health support. Remember, people are the number one cost to an organization AND the number one driver of profit and success.
Madeleine Dow, Development Director, Leesman
Jane Sleeth, Hon. B.P. & H.E., B.Sc.PT., C.P.T., Managing Director, Canada, Optimal Performance Consultants
Dr. James Aw, Chief Medical Officer, OMERS
Tim Baxter, Regional Vice President, Corporate Accounts, Teknion
Jennifer Busch, Commercial Interiors Brand Strategy Consultant