WORKING FROM HOME IS HERE TO STAY
Thanks to the pandemic, we have a once-in-a-lifetime reset on the way we work. After a forced evacuation from workplaces in March of 2020, 50% of employees now say they don’t want to go back to the office full time. The bird is out of the cage. We have tasted freedom. Freedom from commutes, freedom from mandated “face time” at the office, and too much air travel for work.
We now know what’s possible. We can work and get our jobs done more efficiently than we ever imagined possible. Being forced into the office every day for several employees is now a dealbreaker. More than a quarter of those surveyed in a recent study said they would consider switching employers if their organisation returned to on-site work.
Many of us in the organisation and leadership development field didn’t see this coming. But hybrid work, it appears, is here to stay. And we should all embrace it. We have a rare opportunity to make our work lives more purposeful, productive, agile and flexible.
How do you find out what your team wants? Ask them. Are they voting for remote or hybrid work as we advance? Get creative and design what works for your employees to be productive and engaged, produce outcomes they are proud of, and, most importantly, educate them.
We are moving leagues beyond the industrial revolution now. As leaders, we have the privilege of restoring dignity to our team members. Our task is to restore choice and flexibility, accountability and trust. These fundamental elements make work a great place, no matter where you are working from.