7 Reasons Returning to the Office is a Good Idea

85% of the current remote workforce enjoy working remotely. Remote work is here to stay and the number of people who work from home is accelerating. But there’s more to the story.

55% of current remote workers would like to return to the office as soon as its safe. According to CNBC, Google spent $1 billion to buy office space close to their gigantic headquarters in London.

Image of an empty conference room.

What's the value of returning to the office for employees?

Fully remote and hybrid:

Before the pandemic, only about 4% of high paying jobs were available remotely. By the end of 2021 that doubled to about 18%. By the end of 2022, over 25% of high paying jobs will be available for remote workers.

3 million professional jobs went permanently remote in the last quarter of 2021. Ladders says nearly 20% of all professional jobs are now remote.

If you want the best and brightest, flexibility will serve you well.

Organizations that provide hybrid work have a larger pool of prospective employees. (Washington Post)

7 reasons returning to the office is a good idea:

  1. Collaboration.
  2. Creativity.
  3. Productivity.
  4. Culture building.
  5. Mentoring.
  6. Reduced tech fatigue.
  7. Career opportunities.

Current opportunity:

Managers that want face-to-face work have the opportunity to evaluate their reasons. “We’ve always done it that way,” isn’t a reason.

  1. How will you capitalize on collaboration opportunities?
  2. How might you train people in team creativity and social intelligence? Social interaction makes us smarter.
  3. What’s the value of culture building for employees? If you ask WD40 or Zappos, you might get interesting answers.
  4. How will you prioritize and maximize mentoring and coaching opportunities?

You can bark orders, or you can make office-life worthwhile.

Why do you think returning to the office is the best option?

How might leaders make office-life valuable to employees?

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