Key Takeaways From COVID-19 CEO Roundtable: 10 Quick Wins for Workplace Leaders

by Kevin Loos April 22nd, 2020

Two weeks ago CrowdComfort co-hosted a webinar with VergeSense and Robin that was attended by over 400 corporate real estate leaders. The session was structured as a virtual roundtable discussing how COVID-19 is impacting the workplace. Participants included CrowdComfort’s CEO Eric Graham, Sam Dunn, CEO of Robin, and Dan Ryan, CEO of VergeSense.

The discussion covered a range of topics and quickly revealed the complex challenge of bringing employees back to the workplace in the age of COVID-19.  

One of the highlights for attendees was when the CEOs were asked to answer the questions, “what are some things workplace leaders can do to capture the low-hanging fruit and put some quick wins on the board?”. A few of the answers below

Low tech

  • Small upgrade to the lobby that can include easy access to masks and sanitizers, as well as plexiglass barriers at the front desk
  • Reduce or remove chair from conference rooms
  • Implement ‘one-way streets’ in the workplace, similar to what many grocery stores are currently implementing
  • Establishing an elevator strategy that could include a scheduled ride, toothpicks to press buttons, or encouraging the use of stairs more frequently
  • A phased transition back with certain employees coming in on certain days throughout the week with the goal to be that building capacity doesn’t exceed 50%, exact percentage dependant upon organizational goals

High Tech

  • Upgrade to lobby that include automatic doors and no-touch or low-touch checking in process
  • Digital signage that shows what areas have been cleaned recently, by CrowdComfort
  • Next-gen sensors that measure social distancing, by VergeSense
  • Next-gen floor plan management tool to enable social distancing
  • Infrared temperature sensors in the lobby and entryways

Ultimately, each company’s strategy will be unique and partially driven by the organization attributes including industry, location, demographics, workplace layout, and culture. We’d love to hear more about what your company is doing!


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