Just a couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of being back in person with the Women Leading Travel & Hospitality and Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) team for the first time in over a year. It was such a great reunion. In fact, I had the opportunity to meet for the first time in person several members of the team that were hired within the last year. Our parent company, NAPCO Media, is still determining in what capacity we will be returning to the office. As such, the company’s leadership team has been regularly surveying employees to inform their back-to-office strategy, but for the interim, the team meetups are wonderful.  

In our monthly peer group calls, Women Leading Travel & Hospitality members have been talking through their strategies and concerns during this uncertain time and how they plan to lead their teams in person, completely virtually, or through a hybrid environment. They’re also preparing for what some are predicting will be the great resignation in September for those employees that are demanding companies to change old policies and provide different opportunities and benefits, such as the ability to work remotely.

To help get a better understanding of how companies across both the travel and hospitality as well as retail industries are planning for the return of employees to corporate offices, sister brands WIRLC and Women Leading Travel & Hospitality launched a new report, which features survey data and analysis on a myriad of back-to-office topics. For example, the report includes data on both leaders’ and employees’ concerns with hybrid work schedules, including the impact they might have on employee communication and corporate culture. And, of course, what such an arrangement means for employee productivity. 

As you and your company go about the challenging task of safely bringing employees back into corporate offices, leverage the data featured in this report to inform that strategy. This report and its accompanying checklist offer actionable tips as well as insights that can enable businesses to thrive in this new work environment that we’re all experiencing.

Access the report here and let us know what you’re seeing in your own companies!