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Erica Sims, president of HDAdvisors, said she had had to let go of some of her long-held beliefs about where and how work productivity occurs. The assumption that this has to happen in an office is not entirely correct, she concluded.
“I was really surprised that during COVID, productivity did not decrease, even though people were under so much stress,” Sims said.
“I think it’s because they were able to dictate their own schedules,” she said. “It went very well because people are able to express their preferences more, and they are able to tailor their work more to what they need.”
Sims said the company has kept its offices, although only about half of its employees can work there on any given day. Staff members still travel across the state to meet face-to-face with the company’s various clients.
Steve Leibovic, a partner at Pondock Management, said he was more inclined to return to the office, except under certain circumstances.
“My personal feeling is that these personal interactions and this camaraderie are important,” he said. “The camaraderie people get when working together impacts their commitment to the business and service is much better when they meet and work together. “
Many of the company’s employees, such as maintenance specialists and managers who meet with tenants in person, have to work in person, Leibovic said. However, most employees who do not need to be in the office, such as administrative support staff, are also back.