Work Environment Design Firms Enlist Work Experience Data Partner Hopewell to Create Return to Work Programming

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Herman Miller Dealers team up with Hopewell for work experience persona assessment to inform evidence-based design programs

“There has never been a more critical moment for companies to prioritize their employees’ individual work preferences" -Ami Murphy Iannone, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer at Hopewell

Herman Miller dealers, Continental Office of Columbus, Ohio, and ID+A of Louisville, Kentucky, announced today a partnership with work experience data company Hopewell to support the launch of their return to work programming, initiatives designed to help companies reimagine the future of the workplace, beyond the immediate return to work post COVID-19.

The trio is uniquely positioned to help companies struggling to understand and prepare for the ramifications that COVID-19 will have on the way people approach work and the workplace. Hopewell has developed a proprietary way to assess Work Experience Persona types and help organizations reimagine their space, amenities, and technology to enable different personas to reach peak performance. With the support of Continental Office and ID&A, both trusted partners for their clients and experts in space design, these personas can inform back to work design plans and help leaders prioritize which teams should return to the office and when.

“There has never been a more critical moment for companies to prioritize their employees’ individual work preferences,” said Ami Murphy Iannone, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Hopewell. “ And there has never been a more efficient way to gather and understand those preferences. We believe that data can help employers approach their human capital with empathy and individual consideration as they reimagine the workplace, now and as this situation evolves over the next year. Our data can help firms like ID&A and Continental Office design for this new paradigm.”

Using Evidence-Based Design, work environment design firms can help their clients navigate redesigning and retrofitting their environments to reflect the best guidance from the CDC. This can include the installation of physical barriers, rearranging and retrofitting furniture for increased personal space, and installation of physical cues to remind people about social distancing. “Any return to work effort will be a gradual process,” said Ira Sharfin, CEO of Continental Office. “Teams aren’t just going ‘back to normal, so it's important for companies who value their associates to understand how they can do their best work throughout this transition. We’re helping our clients think about every step of that process, from sanitation and disinfection to physical cues. With the inclusion of Hopewell assessment data, we’ll also be able to better incorporate their people’s work preferences.”

This deeper understanding of an organization’s human capital can help companies determine which workers are priority to bring back to the office, which environments are important to create within that reimagined workplace, which employees can remain productive continuing to work from home, and what resources and amenities each type of worker needs to reach peak performance.

“We’ve been serving some of our clients for more than thirty years and many of them have very large workforces to consider,” said Mark Eley, CEO of ID+A. “They’re facing an unprecedented challenge and they need guidance and data to implement effective and safe return to work programs, not to mention maintaining a pleasant and productive work environment. It’s no easy task.”

About Hopewell
Hopewell is a work experience company providing the enterprise with data and insights to optimize and align environments to worker preferences for positive work experience and peak performance.

About Continental Office
Since 1939, Continental Office has been a leader in creating, building, and maintaining great spaces. Whether it’s through furniture, floors, interior construction, or branding, Continental Office has a team of 200+ experienced people that create productive and inspirational interior environments.

About ID+A
For more than 35 years, ID+A has provided office environment design and installation services in Louisville and surrounding markets with an emphasis on melding the creative disciplines of interior construction and interior design with leading-edge furniture solutions.

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