It’s Impossible to Explain – Managing Hybrid/Remote Work
One of our family members is working remotely 100% of the time. Her company fully supports this as a remote position BUT has written a number of policies to assure productivity and efficiency. For example:
Here’s the worst thing. The reason some people stay in these over-controlled jobs is that it is what they are used to!
When informed by senior leaders of another company that good people were leaving due to the strict return to work policy, the CEO said the company could find competent replacements. He further stated, “ If you want to work from home and just kind of exist, and you have no growth opportunity—you don’t want to build your career and get to this next level and just want to be average—there’s nothing wrong with that,” he said. “That’s what a lot of people are.”
While there is no clear-cut solution to finding the perfect work schedule for everyone, creating elementary school policies and treating people as a commodity do not enhance the reputation of being an employer of choice. With recruitment and retention as one of the biggest challenges in companies today, it’s impossible to explain why these situations continue to exist.
Note: There are also a number of organizations that are using experimentation and feedback to learn what works best for both the company and its workforce. Why aren’t all companies doing this???
Flexibility is key so don’t underestimate the value of looking for a win/win. Check out our other blog posts – we’ve got plenty to say on this topic.