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GREAT EXPECTATIONS | What Employees Need Businesses To Do Right Now

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

This is not going away any time soon.


As we dip uncertain toes into a return to work and other public spaces, we are keenly aware that things are very, very far from normal. Every trip to the grocery store, every walk around the block, every interaction outside our homes has a set of considerations that must be explored before we do pretty much anything.


When we all work as a collective, our combined knowledge and civic efforts are showing us we can make informed decisions to protect ourselves and our communities. And burkeMICHAEL+ is here for it.


I’m not talking about assessing risk. There are great minds working not only on contact tracing, treatment and cures, but who are deploying complex mathematical projections, sharing evidence-based data and round-the-clock updates, to help make those choices.

Once a business has determined a return is possible, or necessary, our work starts.


Here are the top three things we’ve learned over the past four weeks, since businesses began to realize what reopening will require. Information Is Critical. Our work has shifted significantly as we help each of our clients modify their spaces. It begins with a short call using our simple planning tool, Return to Work(place), to learn your situation and requirements. There Is No One-Size-Fits-All. Developing and deploying strategies for reconfiguring, retrofitting for a workplace is completely unique to a businesses physical space, employee culture, and circumstances. People Are Nervous. Of course they are. The stress of the unknown can often turn into fear. Giving employees a way to share individual considerations or concerns must be a priority.


We have access to products and a team already rearranging floorplans and applying retrofits. It’s more than acrylic panels, and hand sanitizer stations, though we provide these as well. Our Return to Work(place) tool focuses on floor plate modifications, safe distancing zone reassignments and repositioning complex floor plan layouts with our certified team to comply with current guidelines. We also offer communication guidance and systems for effectively responding to concerns and feedback.


Our key takeaway: A return to work is complicated, and shouldn’t be attempted without professional support. Don’t wait to plan, and don’t reopen without a plan. If you haven’t already, reach out to us. We can help.


We are working with a significant number of clients on their plans, but we know more will need help. The quickest way to get started is to email me directly at maryfrances@burkemichael.com. I will connect you to a member of my team.

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