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The Algorithm That Could Get You Back in the Office

How open is too open? To help employers reduce outbreak risks after bringing workers back, new tech tools can juggle schedules and map office hot spots. 

With 54,000 global employees, Salesforce is using its own worker management software to track office reopenings during the pandemic. 

With 54,000 global employees, Salesforce is using its own worker management software to track office reopenings during the pandemic. 

Photographer: Lisa Thompson/Salesforce

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In January, Nick Eurek was ready to reveal the product he’d spent three years developing. He’s the co-founder of Maptician, a small, Georgia-based firm that started 2020 prepared to sell its new analytical tool that maps the floor plan of an office and, on a mobile app, shows employees in real-time where people are sitting. The idea was that this could help workers maximize their time with colleagues. 

That plan changed dramatically when the coronavirus pandemic hit in the spring.