By Ryan Salchert | Originally published in the Dallas Business Journal
One year has passed since a shelter-in-place order was issued in Dallas County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then, Dallas has gone remote and most companies have still not returned to the office. In the meantime, companies are having discussions about what the future of the workplace will be in a post-pandemic world and how the physical office could change because of COVID-19. There has so far been no universal answer to the following questions, and each company is approaching these topics differently.
To gain further insight on what companies are doing locally, the Business Journal asked CEOs and top executives of North Texas companies when they plan to return fully to the office and what their future office space needs could be moving forward. The following responses are edited for brevity and clarity.
Bob Mohr, founder and chairman of Dallas-based real estate investment firm Mohr Capital
Since teamwork and collaboration are very important to us, Mohr Capital made a full return to the office with safety protocols in place in July 2020, as soon as city of Dallas guidelines allowed.
We were able make accommodations so that everyone can work in individual offices and conduct meetings via video conferencing. Our policy is that employees wear a mask at all times unless they are alone in a private office. In order to provide employees with an extra level of comfort and safety, the company also provided bi-weekly COVID-19 testing at the office.
To read other North Texas executives’ return-to-office plans, visit the Dallas Business Journal.