Labor Day marked the deadline for many employees to return to the office after more than two years of pandemic related remote and hybrid work. However, with inflation, fluctuating fuel costs, and other economic fallout, employees are not very enthusiastic about the idea of spending money commuting and other work-related expenses to go to a job that they feel they can successfully do at home.
Many CEOs are casting aside their previous accommodating attitude toward remote work citing "do-gooder fatigue" and insisting that employees come back to the office full time.
Other organizations have embraced the hybrid work model which asks employees to come into the office two to three days per week. More employees seem willing to embrace this schedule if it is organized in a way that makes sense. This means teams are actually meeting and collaborating with one another rather than a few people sitting around in a half empty office.
Some organizations are offering incentives to get employees to come into the office for a couple of days a week. For example, some are offering commuting subsidies, free breakfast or lunch, happy hours and ride-share rides.
Some analysts have pointed out that the hybrid model may create an unfair advantage for employees who go into the office and interact with managers and colleagues in person when it comes to promotions being handed out.
A recent Gallup poll has shown that of employees working the hybrid model "90% have no desire to return to full-time office work". Employees have learned that flexible work can be done successfully, and they have no intention of going back to pre-pandemic schedules. Anjli Raval, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson " Employees will just say no': Bosses pushing staff back to the office could be fighting a losing battle" www.financialpost.com (Sep. 06, 2022).
So, the question for our readers is: Will your staff push back on returning to the office?
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Here is the opinion of one of the McCalmon editorial staff:
Jack McCalmon, Esq.
The hybrid model is here to stay. What type of hybrid model is now being debated. Employees want a model that is built on collaboration at work versus just going to work on designated days.
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