Introducing the Future of Work at Charles Aris

For 50 years, Charles Aris operated almost entirely from its headquarters in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. But in 2022, the firm announced its employees can indefinitely choose whether they want to work in the office, remotely or utilize a combination of both.

A major progression at both Charles Aris and in professional culture nationwide, the decision came after two years of remote work during the Covid-19 pandemic. What began as a necessary response to the global health crisis turned into an opportunity to improve work- life balance and grow the company.

“We did it because it’s the right thing to do for our people,” said Danielle Bowman, chief people officer at Charles Aris. “It’s important to us to support our team in the best possible ways: Emotionally, in their jobs and in their personal lives – and this is the right way to do this. We also think this is how we can grow our business for the future as we continue to hire team members across the United States.”

Between 2020 and 2022, Charles Aris added a second office in Washington, D.C. and expanded the team, with employees now working across over 10 different states. The technical aspect of hiring, training and having people work from home was manageable because of the firm’s long-standing reliance on well-established core processes and tools like video conferencing, but Bowman says the new challenge is staying connected socially.

To promote inclusivity, new hires are now asked to travel to the Greensboro headquarters as they complete their initial onboarding tasks and get to know the team. Charles Aris also hosted its first three-day workshop in 2022 where every team member had the option to fly in and complete a robust docket of activities centered around team building.

Another first for Charles Aris, those attending the workshop completed training from employee engagement company Emergenetics International, which leverages its own “thinking styles” tool to help people learn more about themselves and their teammates in a professional atmosphere.

Charles Aris President and COO Allen Oakley says tools and training like Emergenetics will continue playing a role in the firm’s future of work, but leadership will rely on individual team members and company-wide touchpoints to gather feedback and advice for the future.

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