When Shant Soghomonian, senior sales director at Dell, returned to his Sydney office last month after a year of remote work, the room looked just as he remembered it, and he didn’t even need to wear it. a mask. But when he stepped into a clean conference room for his first face-to-face meeting in 2021, he realized he had forgotten how to greet his comrades in person.
“Did you shake their hand? Do you do elbow lumps? “Recalled Mr. Soghomonian. A consensus is finally emerging around “mostly elbows”, he said.
Mr. Soghomonian and some 2,000 Dell associates in Australia have been able to go to their offices alone for months. On March 9, Dell’s six Australian offices entered the third and final phase of reopening. Meanwhile, about 41,000 Dell employees in the US remain in remote – in “phase 0” – for the near future, according to a Dell spokesman.
The return of Australians to work provides an idea of what post-pandemic offices in other countries will look like in the near future. A country of nearly 26 million people has been at the forefront of efforts around the world for this reopen the office. Tight initial lockdowns, intensive contact tracing and aggressive quarantine protocols have helped keep new cases every day very low for months and the total number of deaths below 1,000 since the pandemic began, according to its Health Department. The offices of multinational companies such as Adobe, Facebook, and Dell began to reopen in early June.
But that’s not a straight line from quarantine to unmasked gatherings. Most offices have to slowly reenter gradually, bracing for the nervousness of the workers communal space and in meetings, and against people’s reluctance to go back and forth again.