OkCupid’s Global Communications and PR Manager Michael Kaye was interviewed by PR Week, to talk about how the company is transitioning back into the office.
The Match Group-owned dating app allowed its employees to choose to return to the office if they felt comfortable. Kaye went back to work at the beginning of August alongside “three to five” colleagues.
A company-wide survey was sent out midway through the remote working period, asking people to submit their questions, concerns and preferences about returning to work. The handful of individuals who said they wanted to return attended an orientation session, where they were shown all of the new protocols and regulations that were put in place.
Kaye told PR Week: “When I walked in the lobby of my building for the first time in five months I actually teared up because it felt like coming home.
“Being back in the office has really boosted my productivity, my inspiration and really helped my overall mental health.”
Employees initially thought that they were going to be working from home for just two weeks, but that time continued to be extended as the situation worsened.
Also returning to the OkCupid office was corporate recruiter Francisco Alegria, who recently shared a video showing off the ‘Essentials Kit’ that the team members were given. This contained reusable face masks, a digital thermometer, a ‘CleanKey’ to reduce surface touching, as well as hand sanitiser and wipes.
OkCupid staff have continued to be busy while working from home, as the dating app rolled out its biggest ever redesign. ‘Stacks’ organises potential matches into different categories to make it easier for users to find what they are looking for.
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