Return-to-Office Technology

by Shawn Ryan

Like many companies, Axway is navigating the complexities of returning to the office. And we’ve turned to our own technology to build a unique solution to make the transition. 

A longstanding specialist in enterprise integration software, Axway is a global organization with 2,000-plus employees and 29 offices in 17 countries. Employees have been working from home throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with company leaders working to support employees remotely. They try to drive unity and camaraderie, through virtual coffee hours, virtual happy hours and virtual team meetings through MS Teams, WebEx and other tools. 

Some employees are happy working from home. But some want to be back in the office — whether because they need some separation from small children to work effectively, as in my case, or are looking to set up socially distant meetings again. Some want a change in scenery or are just looking for human interaction with their fellow “Griffins.”

To accommodate those wishes, Axway built the Griffin App. Axway’s main offering is the AMPLIFY™ hybrid integration platform, and the Griffin App is 100% AMPLIFY — front-end to back-end. In addition to helping remote teams stay connected, the app is helping HR teams plan a safe and responsible return to the office where possible.

Who Is Where, and When?

A major feature is an office scheduling assistant. Developers factored in capacity constraints and a means for local HR to manage unique office constraints, local policy and other regional differences. Employees can register to use the office on any given day within those constraints, and opt in to sharing their use of the offices with peers. Now, other employees can see who is in the office on any given day to choose which days to come in. 

The company is open-sourcing the Griffin App to help other teams return to a safe workplace as well.

All Griffins are invited to download the App and can choose to let their peers know when and if they will be in the office. This allows for communication and planning by region based on local dynamics,” says Dominique Fougerat, executive vice president of People and Culture. “We are building for the future, and our beautiful new headquarters in Scottsdale will someday be filled again with Griffins.”   

Shawn Ryan is vice president of Vision and Strategy, office of the chief technology information officer, at Axway, an information technology company providing enterprise software, business analytics, mobile app development and API management.

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