It’s no secret that I enjoy working from home. For years I have believed that talent acquisition could be done remotely. And not just talent acquisition. Many jobs can be done from anywhere, but employers like to have everyone in one place for “culture” or “engagement.” So when covid sent most office workers out of the office, supervisors wondered how could they continue to ensure their staff was engaged and productive. I’m sure we all heard many leaders talk about “staying productive” or making sure someone else was taking care of the kids or the dogs or cats, well, maybe not cats. They can typically take care of themselves. Personally, I feel more productive at home when I’m not getting the interruptions that happen in an open space environment. I know that it’s not for everyone, but it is likely something that most of us in Human Resources are dealing with.
We know not every job can be done outside of the office: direct patient care, maintenance, manufacturing, retail, food service are a few that immediately come to mind. But I do think it is way past time for us to think about how, where, and when work is done – even those that need to be in person.
Now we are seeing more and more calls to return to “work” (ha! I don’t know too many who actually stopped working). We hear about companies that are posting jobs that are “remote — for now” (the old bait & switch). And when asked about it, most say it is for the “culture.” Hopefully, if you are at one of these organizations, you have a better reason than that, but that’s just one of the things we’ll talk about at the next #HRSocialHour #TwitterChat! March 13, 7 pm ET. See you there!
- What’s in your glass?
- Personal preference: 100% in office, 100% remote, hybrid? Why?
- Does your employer currently offer remote work? What factors (outside the pandemic) went into the decision to allow it?
- What are some of the biggest concerns your organization has around remote work & how do you help managers work through them?
- Some organizations are looking to bring people back into the office. How can HR help with that transition?
- What are your recommendations for recruiting/onboarding remote employees?
- What are your best recommendations for employee engagement with remote and hybrid employees?