|What’s working for you?|
In the evolution of return to office practices, we are curious to hear what is working for you?! We hear from candidates that flexibility is key but that doesn’t necessarily mean work from home five days a week. It’s important to understand and communicate business needs around where work gets done and listen to your team member’s needs, too! Here are some resources and reading that may help you.
|How Core Weeks and Days Boost Return to Office|
“At a time when 52 percent of employees say they prefer to work remotely or hybrid for the rest of their careers, according to a Microsoft survey, and office usage in many cities is at less than half of pre-pandemic levels, the acceptance of core weeks by employees is considered a win. And several strategies are emerging that can make this approach a smart one for other companies.”
At JCPenney, return-to-office means employee empowerment, flexibility
“The model was not only informed by employee feedback but it was actually led by a cross-functional group of employees who served as a core advisory group as the company drafted its return-to-office plans for use in the Plano and other corporate offices.”What’s the best use of in-office time?“Employees don’t necessarily want to be there full time, but Microsoft data points to times when in-person work may benefit company culture.”
The Great Compromise: The Evolution of Return-to-Office Policies
“People said no [to coming in five days a week],” says Chamberlain, explaining that employees questioned the need to return when they had been successfully doing their jobs remotely for more than two years. “How can you argue with that?” There was no fight; instead, there was an arrangement. Leadership and administrative staff agreed to a new hybrid schedule in which most administrative employees returned to the office two to three days a week.“It wouldn’t be in our best interest to not offer flexibility and hybrid schedules,” says Chamberlain. She notes that as a nonprofit, Ability Beyond can’t match the salaries and benefits of other local employers, but scheduling flexibility is a perk it can offer.”