After more than two years, Primera was elated to officially reopen our doors to employees earlier this month. Only a handful of employees have been working from our spaces on and off since the Summer of 2020. Primera transitioned our entire workforce to working from home on March 16, 2020 and has maintained a conservative approach to reopening with employee health and safety at the forefront of those decisions.
Primera has long celebrated flexible work opportunities, but our grand reopening celebrations marked the official start of our hybrid work program. Introduced in early 2021, the new policy allows employees to design their own work schedules. Our teams across the Country have the option to work entirely in the office, entirely at home, or any combination in between.
“Our flexible workplace efforts were featured in Crain’s Chicago Business in early 2018, long before the pandemic pushed people home and changed the landscape entirely,” explains Kendahle Artis, Vice President of Human Resources. “With values centered around people and relationships, we understand the importance of leading balanced lives,” she adds.
For many employees, this marked their first time in a Primera office. The firm has onboarded more than 125 people since closing our offices in early 2020. Likewise, we opened our new, larger Chadds Ford, PA office in April 2020 and moved our Chicago Headquarters in October 2020 – many of those employees had yet to see the new spaces. Primera’s welcome back celebrations included lots of catered food, health and wellness activities, and social events.
“It feels really good to be able to connect and collaborate in person again,” boasts President & CEO Erin Inman. “But we’re grateful for all of the tools we have in place to be able to continue to build those relationships with our team members all across the United States.”