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Healthcare Tech Employees Are Now On and Off the Grid

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The healthcare tech solutions company Olive has alleviated any fears its employees may have had about returning to the office by launching The Grid. It is a novel, flexible workforce model that the organization says has achieved notable results.

“The term ‘remote work’ is dead,” says Brian Rutkowski, Olive’s chief people officer. The Grid users have likewise removed the phrases in the office and out of office from their professional lexicon. Instead, they say that they are either on or off The Grid. Being on The Grid means an employee is actively working, regardless of their location—whether that is at the company’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, or at Crane Beach in Barbados.


To encourage employees to take time off, company policy mandates that workers take at least three days off each quarter. Moreover, via the Olive Getaways program, employees collect Marriott Bonvoy reward points that they can redeem for hotel stays and other travel events and experiences.

Since the model’s launch, the company says its workforce has more than tripled. “There is no way we could have accessed all the talent we’ve needed to grow without this model,” Rutkowski notes.

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