Speaking of Remote-IT, is anyone preparing for an office reopening?
In speaking with people who are starting to go back to in-person, it seems to be more of a phased approach. Either it’s a few days a week to start, alternating employees, or people can sign up to go into the office is they need to. It really depends on how critical being in-person is for each organization.
We’re starting to look at thermal cameras and air filters and such. Pretty new territory for me.
Looking at Aug/Sept. Will be doing air filters but that will be more about the California wildfires at that time of year than anything.
We took the pandemic as an opportunity to go full remote as a company.
We're starting to prepare for a "phase 1" of "your card will work but please don't go unless you need to." It's a lot.
That’s pretty much where we are, we should chat some time about what you think is a best practice and what I think isn’t a worst practice.
Wanted to revive this now that we are 2 months later… 🙂 Anyone come across any particularly interesting pieces of technology to ease the transition? What are your teams prioritizing?
Some of our leadership is actually kind of anti-office tech. Want to not use video conference systems and have everyone dial in from laptops (even if they are in the same office) so that everyone is on equal footing in meetings. Wish I had known that before we installed all the new VC systems haha.
I haven't seen much from anything that's particularly new, aside from some neat features like using presence/RF to detect how many people are in a room that will trigger alerts on screen for capacity issues (I think this was with Cisco? Maybe?) But more in my case, it's weird discussing return to office in a country with (effectively) no cases.
@travis500 that’s interesting to hear! I think my concern with that scenario is…well…we’re in an open office type space, and even a handful of people in desks on calls at the same time would annoy each other! 😄
We're also realizing that exact problem Justine... maybe company branded noise-cancelling headphones are in order 🤔
We are considering have more GrabNGo Chromebooks available for use when people are in the office. We are expecting more laptops to be left at home when users are hybrid. We likely will repurpose older laptops with CloudReady version of ChromeOS on them added to our Admin panel with Chrome Enterprise licenses. Google have a deal on at the moment I think.
Part of what I'm thinking about office noise is that we are going to split the 2 wings of our office where one is quiet and one is the noisy sociable place. Quiet side with dedicated desks for the regulars and some hot desks between them for drop ins. Social side with long shared tables, couches, chairs, pair programing stations. The expectation would be set that no taking meetings on the quiet side, get a room, phone booth or move to the social side.
Oh, I really like that!
thats a strong idea @colinmccarthy and one i didnt’ think about
When we were back in the office, we split it into a calls/sales/noise-OK wing, and a quiet-focus area. In general it helped, but, there’s going to be noise. We also went to Ikea and bought a few of the felt dividers to clip onto desks in that area, and I bought a fair bit of acoustic dampening foam to hang from the ceilings and some of the walls to absorb some of the noise and echo, which helps cut down the ‘shout talking in a bar effect’ (aka, when someone near you talks loudly, you talk louder to be heard, then they talk louder, then everyone ends up screaming in their conversations) and helps keep the noise from filtering into the main space. No matter what though, open plan spaces will always be generally noiser no matter what you throw at it, so be mindful of the trade off.
Same with making a meeting room ‘sound proof’ outside. Like, you can get it to 75-90% sound proof for $x… but the last 10% is like $y, and y is like 10x the cost of x. Astonishing, if you’ve never done a build out project before - push back on workspace teams if you need to there.
One cool piece that we are utilizing is OpenPath and Envoy integration. With envoy it will track how many people are in the office(based on our decided capacity) and then restrict access to new people trying to come in if at capacity. OpenPath also has the touchless readers which are really cool
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