Team Building

6/30/21 Quick Bites: Leading Your Team Through the Transition Back to the Office





As the state is opening up and companies are starting to head back into the office, business leaders are left to consider how to safely and legally keep their workforce happy, healthy, and productive. We invited 3 panelists with decades of experience in HR management to walk us through the considerations for transitioning teams back to the workplace.

Our panelists shared the latest guidance from Cal/OSHA, insights on adopting a hybrid remote/in-person model, how to ensure a smooth transition to the office, what employers can ask about vaccine status, and ideas for accommodating unvaccinated or high-risk individuals.

A few highlights:

  • 4:52 Peter Zaretskiy on keeping a copy of the employee’s vaccination card: “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”
  • 17:42 Kim Fetzer shared why Guayakí is adopting a hybrid model: “we want to have our communities continue to be communities and collaborate and work together.”
  • 33:33 Peter answers a question from the audience about what options are available if an employee is unvaccinated and refuses to wear a mask. Peter says, “The rule for California is very clear: unvaccinated individuals, if they are working indoors, must have a facial covering on … they cannot go maskless, it is black and white.”
  • 40:40 On culture, Mark Berry shared that you’ve got to consider a “watercooler replacement strategy.”


Naturally Bay Area board chair Pete Brennan, COO of The Town Kitchen, will lead a conversation with our featured panelists:

    • Kimberley Fetzer, “Keeper of Culture,” Human Resources & Office Manager, Guayakí
      • Kimberley Fetzer is Human Resources lead and Office Manager at Guayaki and Chair of Naturally North Bay Human Resources steering committee. She has worked 20+ years in the Food and Beverage industry. Kim is committed to building a workforce that focuses on the tenets of Justice, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and promotes regenerative practices on a personal and organizational level.Accomplishments and affiliations include: Society of Human Resources (SHRM); B.A. in English and Business, UCLA; Associates in Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of America; Fellow, Escoffier Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America; Fellow, Leadership Institute of Ecology and Economy.
    • Mark Berry, Senior Human Resources Specialist, Insperity
      • Mark has 20+ years of HR experience with 16 of those years in the Professional Employer Organization/PEO space (and 6 years with Insperity). He holds current PHR and SHRM-CP certifications and is a current member of the Society of Human Resources (SHRM). He works with approximately 50 clients across a range of different industries, with a high number of those companies being multi-state employers.
    • Peter Zaretskiy, Safety Service Manager, Insperity
      • Peter Zaretskiy is a Safety Services Manager working with Middle Market clients throughout Western Region and consults on issues related to workplace safety, loss control, and injury prevention. He is a board-certified Certified Safety Professional and has been with Insperity since 2015, having previously worked in manufacturing and healthcare industries, as well as in higher education and the public sector since 2005.