Tim McMennamy joined Innerplan Office Interiors in Little Rock in 2009 as vice president of finance, human resources and information technology. He was promoted to chief operations officer in 2014 and to president in 2015.
Prior to that, McMennamy was a principal of CFO Network, director of solutions operations at Technisource and chief financial analyst at Herrington Inc., all based in Little Rock. He also worked at Alltel Information Services and its successor, FIS. In addition, McMennamy’s early career included stints at Stephens Inc., Wedbush Morgan Securities Inc. and Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and bachelor’s degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
McMennamy coaches flag football, basketball and T-ball for Life Champs Youth Sports, his church and Little Rock Christian Academy, and the Maumelle Athletic Association, respectively.
How will COVID-19 change the way offices are configured?
Prior to COVID-19, we were seeing a trend toward office spaces with low panels and smaller workspaces, fewer private offices and lots of communal, social and meeting spaces. Now, we are seeing a shift toward less dense workspaces, seating areas further apart, shields and dividers added and fewer social and team areas. We are retrofitting existing panel systems with higher panels and adding glass stacks to the tops of panels and workstations. The challenge we face is finding a way to keep people connected while physically distancing.
What about sanitation and air quality measures? Are those a bigger consideration?
It’s definitely more important than ever to keep the workplace clean and sanitary. Most of our vendors have already put out sanitation guidelines for their products and are launching new products that are antimicrobial and easier to clean. Air quality measures are becoming one of the big considerations, and we are seeing a move toward natural ventilation, outdoor spaces and integration of fresh air, and we are finding ways to incorporate filtration systems into existing ventilation.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned during the pandemic?
I have been pleasantly surprised by the adaptability and resiliency of our team, vendors and customers. Our vendors are producing shields, guards and products to reconfigure and retrofit existing work areas, as well as products that are easier to clean. Our aligned manufacturer, Haworth, is producing a number of work-from-home products to help with workers who haven’t returned to the office. Our design team is incorporating social distancing guidelines in new furniture layouts and reconfiguration plans.
We have had to adapt on the fly. We worked remotely in April and May, worked alternating schedules in June, and returned to the office with distancing protocols and masks in July. Our team didn’t miss a step through all of this change and uncertainty. They were able to continue operations because most of our systems are in the cloud, and we have taken advantage of Bluescape, a team communication, collaborating and videoconferencing program owned and distributed by Haworth.