Eliminate all that time spent commuting, hassling with after-school, Summer Break, sick day childcare, and dealing with office politics, and you just became a massively more attractive place for moms, let alone all women and other people who would benefit from the job being something other than 8-5 in one, singular, location for everyone, every day.
Again, you broaden your labor pool, which broadens your diversity efforts. It’s not rocket science. The more “rules” you have in place, like a full-time return to office policy, the more people will find it difficult to work for you, and the smaller pool of candidates you’ll be choosing from.
“The companies that are seeing the most success with returning to the office appear to be the ones that are making decisions with their employees, rather than for them. ”
Employees do not like being told what to do without any input. That’s no way to create an environment for them to do their best work or inspire trust in them.
They focus on hybrid work, I think these commandments should be applied in every situation. I don’t care if you all work in the office full-time, remotely across the country full-time, or any combination in between.
Intention, communication, setting expectations, and living the example will go a long way with your team. There’s no reason to not follow these commandments for working as a team, regardless of location. This is a great outline for how to set the rules of engagement, provide the proper tools and solid communication, and continually measure the effectiveness of what you’re doing.
How does your team measure up to the experts?
If you’re a leader of a remote team, you have connections that your people may not be able to access without your help.
Help them. They might just make you look good in the process.