It’s been almost two years to the day since Rushmore sent our employees home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During these past two years, our employees have amazed me with their adaptability, dedication and professionalism. It is because of them that Rushmore has continued to thrive throughout the pandemic.
Now, two years later, I’m thrilled to announce: We’re back! Rushmore is reopening our offices and welcoming back our employees in Dallas (April 11), Oklahoma City (April 13) and Irvine (April 14).
The Dallas Reopening is also a GRAND Opening
We were originally set to move from our Farmers Branch building last year, but COVID-19 foiled those plans. So now, we get to enjoy a double celebration – getting our team back together in person and the grand opening of our new official headquarters in Irving on April 11. We’ll have a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the new facility for our employees, and more. Stay tuned for more details and invitations.
Base Camp and Beyond
I like to refer to our new space in Irving and our other physical office locations as our Base Camp – a place for our team to meet up and collaborate as we plan our strategy to summit the mountain together. I’m excited to introduce Base Camp and Beyond as the theme of not only our upcoming celebrations, but also as a future-focused rally cry that reflects our connection with one another across a dispersed and diverse organization.
Whether our employees are working at Base Camp, leveraging our Me, We and Us spaces to innovate with their team, or are engaging remotely, we’re modernizing and enhancing our spaces and tools to enable our team to do their best work. Our priority is to support in-person and virtual experiences for our entire team that foster productivity, well-being and belonging.
Returning to the Office – How Does That Work?
Earlier this year, employees in our new Fort Lauderdale location were welcomed into their space, and many work a little differently than pre-pandemic times. Our team there served as a model for testing flexible scheduling options, ultimately doing what makes sense for our people. Now, in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Irvine, we will follow suit, which means:
- Some employees will return to the office full time.
- Some employees will be on a hybrid schedule, with some days on-site and some days remote.
- Some employees will continue to work remotely full time.
Decisions on which employees will do what are being reached at the team level in consultation with employees and management. We’re taking this approach because in this post-pandemic world, our management team knows that it’s critical to offer work-life balance and flexibility if we want to continue to attract and retain top talent. Our customers and clients deserve nothing less. We’ve built a strong, resourceful team, and we intend to keep it that way.
I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge and thank our employees who have been reporting to the office throughout the pandemic. I appreciate their above-and-beyond efforts to keep our business running and to serve our clients and partners.
I’m Thrilled to be Coming Back
I’m incredibly excited to be going back to the office and reuniting with our work family. Maybe it’s a generational thing, but I feel that being on-site with co-workers is so much better for culture and collaboration. Even though we won’t all be on-site, just the prospect of more personal interaction and team-building energizes me and makes me feel even more optimistic about our future.
To recap, I’m pumped up about reopening all of our offices and about offering our team amenities and options that support collaboration and strengthen our culture. Let’s do this!