We’ve definitely lost some junior staff in the last 12 months due to the isolation. They want to be in an environment with social contact and the ability to learn by osmosis. One of my best grads just left because the job was too lonely.
It’s usually the older staff who just want to be at home as much as possible. They have the family lives and the comfortable home offices, and generally are on a lower growth trajectory.
I’m starting to spend more time in the office for the sake of my juniors.
Good for you, not relevantMy job doesn't need me to be in the office to do it
I think it comes down to trust. If you can't trust your employees to be productive when they are WFH, then there is a more fundamental issue.Good for you, not relevant
Am talking about jobs involving a mix of individual and collaborative work where a hybrid working arrangement makes sense - i.e. come in when you’re needed and there’ll be a desk for you, when you’re not stay home and other people will use it
All for giving people flexible working but it cuts both ways, which 90% of employees understand - the other 10% are the usual high-maintenance go-nowhere time-wasters
One of the great things about the organisation I work for is flexibility. Dr's appointment, drop kids off or pick up from school, sick kid(s) at home etc they don't raise an eyebrow.
We had a new starter in the office yesterday. Talking with her this morning she made the comment that it's much more relaxed here as people come in at a leisurely pace. Apparently the role she's just left required everyone to be in at 8:15 and logged on and ready to go by 8:30 otherwise you'd get in trouble. Micromanaging at its worst.