Return to Workplace

There is no standard handbook for reopening a business during a global pandemic. Each organization faces the daunting task of minimizing risk in conference rooms, factory floors, storefronts, and more to ensure the safety of every employee and customer.

Today at Microsoft Inspire—our first all-digital event for our partner community—we are introducing the new Power Platform return to the workplace solution to help customers safely prepare for the return to physical workplaces. Designed for fast deployment and customization, the end-to-end components provide location readiness and safety tools for facility managers, self-service health and safety tools for employees, and case management tools for health and safety leaders.

The complexities of reopening for business

Organizations across industries and around the world have had to rapidly adapt their existing processes and operations while continuing to innovate, streamline to save costs, and service their customer’s needs. Many organizations closed physical locations, shops, schools, and factories per government guidelines. Now, as some organizations begin returning to the workplace, it will be a phased process with employee and organizational safety at its core.

The process will be different for everyone and will require organizations to be agile and proactive, with fast feedback loops of learning, advancing, and retreating. As a result, organizations will need to maximize resources by quickly making data-driven decisions when it matters most to maintain safe work environments. By adapting business workflows and processes to changing needs, organizations can save time and money by reducing risk and streamlining their workplace reopening process.

Return to the workplace with confidence

The Power Platform return to the workplace pre-built solution is a comprehensive, end-to-end set of modules that help organizations plan, coordinate, and manage the return to the workplace with confidence, helping to ensure the health and safety of employees. The solution is easily customizable, with fast deployment, and built on a secure and compliant platform. Together, the modules provide an end-to-end experience for executive leaders, facility managers, employees, managers, as well as health and safety leaders:

Location Readiness: allows facility managers and task force leaders to determine the readiness of their facilities and efficiently manage their safe reopening by making informed decisions using critical factors like COVID-19 infection rates and safety supply availability.


Employee Health and Safety Management: empowers your workforce with self-service tools that help them work safely, confidently, and productively, including a mobile app that lets them check in to work remotely and self-screen before entering facilities.


Workplace Care Management: gives health and safety leaders the tools to actively manage COVID-19 cases, identify hot spots for safety improvement, and import data from third party systems to determine exposure.


Location Management (coming soon): gives facility managers the tools they need to keep locations open safely, helping to maintain a safe environment with tools for monitoring occupancy, health supplies, safety procedures, and other facility-related best practices.

CBRE integrates return to the workplace solution to Host hospitality platform

CBRE, the worldwide leader in commercial real estate services, serves clients by combining local market insight, broad services, specialized expertise and premier tools and resources. To help organizations reopen safely, CBRE is integrating the Power Platform return to the workplace solutions with Host, its powerful hospitality platform that connects the employee to the environments, amenities, and communities that matter the most.

Brennan McReynolds, CBRE Host’s Global Product and Technology, explains the team’s experience deploying the solution.

“Easy to customize and deploy, Microsoft’s Power Platform return to the workplace solution, together with CBRE’s workplace experience platform, Host, allows us to provide a holistic approach to addressing companies’ needs as they re-enter the workplace. Thanks to built-in data connectors, security, and compliance, the Power Platform’s intelligent data gives us the ability to measure, monitor, and support a safe and confident re-opening of the world’s workplaces. We are excited to extend the Power Platform return to the workplace solution to our Host customers as we partner to deliver the future of a safe and connected workplace experience.”

The return to the workplace solution provides an opportunity for Microsoft partners to help and support customers with customizations and deployment. It offers a foundation that partners can integrate and extend to meet unique customer requirements, with the solution available at no additional cost. Microsoft partners can also leverage a set of FY21 offers to help accelerate customer adoption. This includes funding for pre-sales activities that provide customers with insights on the solution value and demonstrate real-world business impact.

Whether you are reopening a store, a factory, an office, or a school, the Power Platform return to the workplace solution helps accelerate workplace readiness. Give people the confidence to meet in person, as needed, with this pre-built solution designed to protect teams and streamline the entire process of reopening the workplace.

Register for the Return to the Workplace Digital Event on August 6, 2020.


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