Episode 11: Rachelle Schoessler Lynn on How We Return to the Office
Now more than ever before, our workplaces are experiencing massive change. As a result of the coronavirus, our offices have been turned upside down and literally, shut down.
The global pandemic has forced us all to ask some very basic questions. What changes do we need to make to our workplaces to help our society return to work? And, how do we keep our employees safe? Rachelle Schoessler Lynn is the Workplace Director at Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm with more than 5,000 professionals spread across the globe. At Gensler, she helps design workspaces that keep the health and well-being of employees top of mind.
In this episode, we talk to Rachelle about the impact the global pandemic has had on our workplaces, the key considerations needed for us to return to work, and what we can learn from China’s plans to get employees back to the office. Take a listen to my conversation with Rachelle Schoessler Lynn of Gensler.
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Research Report: U.S. Work from Home Survey 2020
Research Report: U.S. Workplace Survey 2020
Article: A Day in the Life: Going Back to Work in China
Webinar/Presentation: The Changing Nature of the Office: Returning to Work and the Future of Our Workplaces
With over 25 years of experience, Rachelle has devoted her career to design excellence, specifically focused on workplace innovation with an emphasis on how design impacts health and well-being. She is a leader in resilient design and has been an advocate for innovative sustainability solutions for her entire career.
Rachelle is one of the original authors of the Minnesota B3 Guidelines (Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond) and a co-founder of the Minnesota USGBC chapter. She received the ASID Fellow distinction in 2009, was recognized as the ASID National Designer of Distinction in 2016, and served as the National Chair of the ASID Board of Directors from 2014-2015. While ASID National Chair, Rachelle furthered the case for sustainable design through policy, research initiatives, and writing and speaking engagements.
Rachelle was awarded the LEED Fellow distinction in 2013 and is currently serving on the CIDA Board of Directors.
Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 50 locations and more than 5,000 professionals networked across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Founded in 1965, the firm serves more than 3,500 active clients in virtually every industry. Gensler designers strive to make the places people live, work, and play more inspiring, more resilient, and more impactful. www.gensler.com