COVID-19 has brought with it many challenges, both human and organizational. For most businesses, the pandemic has meant a complete disruption to the workplace and existing working practices. Importantly, work life and the function of the office are changing. It may well be that we will never again return to the traditional, compulsory office model with assigned seating and a mixture of open spaces, meeting rooms, and shared amenities. 

Instead, businesses are now looking at long-term, flexible working arrangements that enable employees to work from anywhere and involve the reconfiguration of the office from the quintessential place of work, to a non-compulsory place of community and collaboration. 

As companies in Germany and across Europe determine their office re-entry plans, these are just some of the considerations they’ll need to make:

  • Downsizing office space. With requirements of physical presence at the office being lifted—in Germany, for example, a country with a traditionally strong “presence culture”, the percentage of people working from home more than quadrupled since the onset of the pandemic—some organizations will choose to downsize their offices to match new levels of office utilization and to reduce real-estate costs. 
  • Redesigning the office space. Most offices will need to be redesigned, or at least reconfigured in some way, to account for new hygiene and social distancing requirements. Some organizations may go as far as creating entirely new office spaces specifically designed to support the kinds of in-person, communal interactions that cannot happen remotely—think collaboration rooms and brainstorming spaces rather than individual work stations. 
  • Investing in agile teams. The pandemic has illustrated to many organizations, even larger, more entrenched companies, their ability to adapt swiftly and make decisions faster without breaking their businesses. Organizations will look to perpetuate this newfound agility by building more agile teams, flattening hierarchies and delegating decision-making power. McKinsey puts it aptly in their ‘The Next Normal’ special collection on organizations in the post-COVID era: “Having one fast, agile team is helpful, but having many of them across an enterprise, and enabling them with the right structures, processes, and culture, makes it possible for the entire system to move faster.”

These considerations have two things in common: They require the right technology to implement, and they demand flexibility to execute properly. Technology—whether it’s powerful mobile devices for employees splitting their time between the office and their homes, or video conferencing equipment and projectors for newly created collaboration areas in tomorrow’s offices—is now more important than ever for organizational performance and functioning. Similarly, flexibility will be the name of the game for businesses designing new work arrangements. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Office and working policies will be different for every organization. Importantly, companies will need to remain flexible to adapt to new and changing circumstances.

And that’s where Grover Business comes in. While it’s always been the goal of Grover Business to provide companies with quick, hassle-free and, most of all, flexible access to the best in tech, we’ve really honed in on our employee- and office-tech offering in the past months. We’ve curated the best product categories for tech to suit any employee’s needs: we currently have over 2,000 products on offer, including the most popular Android and Apple devices. We’ve also introduced new, useful subscription management features for Grover Business customers, like subscription stacking and naming. These are especially useful for businesses looking to equip their employees with individualized set-ups. And we’ve recently revamped the Grover Business website to include improved navigation, new product categories grouped by rental-purpose (office tech, employee tech, event tech etc.), and an updated, clean design.

We’ve been putting these features to good use, supporting companies of all shapes and sizes throughout the height of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. For example:

The Clarins office in Starnberg, Bavaria.

 

“In March, we needed laptops and mobile devices for our staff quickly. We ordered a total of 54 devices and received them within a very short time and at a good price-performance ratio.”

 

Clarins. At the height of the lockdown in Germany, the Bavaria-based team of French cosmetics company Clarins needed 54 mobile and laptop devices to facilitate the transition to working from home. We equipped them with the tech they needed to make the switch to remote work quickly and efficiently—with the same standard of equipment as in their office. 

The JOBMATCH.ME team in a video call using tech rented with Grover Business

 

“With Grover Business, we were able to provide all of our employees with the hardware equipment of their choice, allowing us to offer flexible working models—something that is taking on a whole new role in the COVID-19 crisis. The most important thing for us is to keep in touch with the whole team. Technology makes that possible.”

 

JOBMATCH.ME. In May, Hamburg-based HR-tech startup JOBMATCH.ME began implementing flexible work options for their newly semi-remote team. They rented mobile and laptop devices with Grover Business to ensure that their employees could work productively from anywhere and, most importantly, could stay connected. They even spruced up their remote and office workspaces with air purifiers for a cleaner, healthier workplace.

The GetSafe team with laptops rented with Grover Business

 

“As a fast growing, young company, we needed a flexible solution for our hardware—and that was Grover Business.”

 

Getsafe. Getsafe—an InsurTech that lets you take out insurance for just about anything, all within a simple smartphone app—has equipped its 100-member team, based in Heidelberg, with laptops rented with Grover Business. It’s an ideal solution for them to stay flexible and adaptable while also growing at a fast pace. 

We’re proud to help companies like these continue to be productive during uncertain times, and to support them with a low-investment, asset-light solution to hardware acquisition, that allows for the flexibility to ramp up and down quickly to adjust to new projects, market conditions and innovations. Because who knows what tomorrow’s workplaces might look like?

If you’re interested in renting tech for your team, your office, or a new project, click here for more information.