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Preparing your Employees' Return to Office

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Return to Office Workbook: A Guide to Preparing your Employees’ Return
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Return to Office

A successful re-entry following the COVID-19 pandemic requires a cross-functional team spanning executive leadership, real estate and facilities management professionals, HR, communications, IT, legal, and other stakeholders. In addition, there are key sources of data that you must now consider such as employee surveys, managed sentiment, space utilization, and who should be in the office or work virtually.

Colliers and Blue Skyre IBE have partnered to develop a workbook to assist your team as you plan and manage a successful return to the office. It provides guidelines for your workforce’s return, along with tactical recommendations to prepare your facilities and real estate for a successful launch.

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5 focus areas

For easy use and guidance, we’ve organized our collective expertise and helpful tips into five key areas:

dblue_Mask   Protocols
Do you have the right procedures in place to ensure a successful return to office?
dblue_Property Management   Building Services
Have you revised your building services program to fit the shift in employee work patterns?
dblue_Office desk   Workplace Readiness
Have you analyzed and prepared your office space for a successful return?
dblue_multifactor authentication   Technology Enablement
Do you have the right technology solutions to manage a full return to the office and any other hybrid solutions?
dblue_Media Citation   Communications & Training
Have you developed communications processes and materials to answer questions about return to office?

Case study: Achieving an effective re-entry strategy

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Colliers worked with one of the 10 largest insurance brokerage firms based in the U.S. to develop a workplace strategy. The Colliers team of experts outlined how the client could move to a distributed work model in the post-pandemic world through a combination of desk sharing and remote working. The second phase of the work was to assess the state of the program’s elements. The Colliers experts used an assessment tool that examines the state of 55 program elements that must be in place for a distributed work program to be successful. Through interviews with key client leaders, they were able to determine the extent to which the elements were in place (i.e., started, under development, approved and in use) and their effectiveness. For the elements that needed assistance, Colliers experts offered advice, examples, and coaching. Colliers helped to drive RTO decisions around communications, policies, technology, and metrics.

Learn more in the Return to Office Workbook.


Occupier Services expertise and insights

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Part 1: A New Approach for the Return-to-Office

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Part 2: What’s Missing from the Return-to-Office Conversation?

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Part 3: Why Flex is Key to the Return-to-Office

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