As restrictions lift, a new challenge looms: pushback from your staff about returning to the office.
Price Waterhouse found employers want employees to return to the office faster than employees. According to a survey by Flexjobs, a virtual job listing site, almost 60 percent of employees say they would quit their job if forced to return.
And who can blame them? Commutes mean lost personal time, expenses, and a return to making lunches at 6 a.m.
Besides, from your staffs’ point of view, the work is getting done.
Yet, you know differently.
Working from home only decreases spontaneous camaraderie, creativity, and cross-learning. In 2013, when Yahoo brought people back to the office, a company memo explained, “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people and impromptu team meetings.”
You seek a happy middle ground. You want to tap the advantages of work from home and to recapture a team spirit, the value of working together and to keep your talent pipeline attractive.
Before you finalize your new hybrid workplace, discover how your peers are approaching this challenge. Join Karen’s next CEO Conversation, June 24 at 1 p.m. Eastern. Reserve your seat now.
Karen Eber Davis provides customized advising and coaching around nonprofit strategy and board development. People leaders hire her to bring clarity to sticky situations, break through barriers that seem insurmountable, and align people for better futures. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.
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