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The workout class thing is so interesting! I have 6pm dance classes one or two nights a week, which means I need to leave my desk shortly after 5.00 (which is, theoretically, when I finish). I’m totally happy to dial into phone calls while I walk to dance, or check my emails once I get there and again after class, but those are a fixture in my week, which, similar to the case study, I need to give about 24 hours notice to cancel without losing class credit.
This is a really great article. I feel many companies think that a RTO mandate will solve all their problems. They're blaming lack of innovation and collaboration and productivity on their remote workers. They are not digging deep enough. Remote work is NOT the problem - you have other issues that need solving. Yes, bringing people back to the office will improve connection and teamwork and psychological safety too, so there are good reasons to do it, but RTO is not the only solution. Companies need to be a bit more creative, RTO to me is the lazy option.
What fascinates me about this is that we are starting a two-class society at work: Those who have the ability to work from home and those who do not.
I have worked in manufacturing and mining where the 'dry workplace' extended to everyone. None of us were allowed to have a drink during work hours. So when I was taken out to lunch, it was sparkling water for me.
While I am completely on board with flexibility, we have not seen the full impact of WFM on the workforce. I know that I am incredibly lonely and unmotivated when I work from home alone. To get productive, I head to the cafe to be surrounded by noise as I now work for myself. I REALLY miss the office.
Brilliant article. And interesting news about RTO. My role ends in the next 18 months and I'm wondering what I might do if the role I want to take on and the organisation I want to do it in, doesn't offer hybrid working as standard....