𝘼 𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙠-𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢-𝘼𝙣𝙮𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝘽𝙡𝙪𝙚𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙩
Business leaders everywhere are scrambling to reverse work-from-anywhere policies.
I came across this fascinating article from Axios about how to navigate a WFH (or remote) work-life balance, with a blueprint for success!
Have you ever been in a meeting where there’s a big decision that needs to be made and everyone just wants to get out of the room as quickly as possible? Maybe it’s because they don’t feel like they’re being heard, or maybe they’re afraid that the next person won’t like their idea. Maybe they just want to get on with their day.
But what if you could make sure everyone felt heard—and actually listened to? What if you could prevent one person from dominating the conversation and ensure everyone felt like his or her opinion was valued?
That’s what remote work does for our team at [company name]. We’ve found that when we give people the freedom to work remotely, they’re more productive and creative than ever before—and so are our clients! But it doesn’t just happen overnight: here are four steps Axios takes to mitigate the risk:
Hire self-motivated, driven people. You need to screen hard for those who naturally blend work with life, motivated by a passion for their craft, not money or rules. Clock-punchers or check-cashers are very problematic in a WFH world.
From the article:
The CEOs privately say they are convinced that with work from home, productivity dips, culture softens, creativity wanes and a few but not inconsequential number of employees will get paid to do yoga and chill.
The workers retort: This is nonsense. Most adults are fully capable of working better without time-sucking commutes and noisy, distraction-filled offices. Sure, they might exercise more or take breaks at home, but that ultimately makes them better employees.
An Axios/Generation Lab poll showed that 40% of Gen Z workers preferred in-person work due to mentorship. Many haven’t gotten that — either in person or on Zoom — and so they’re turning their attention elsewhere and “quiet quitting.”
So if you’re new to the workforce, consider an in-person or hybrid job that puts you in the room with your team.
And if you manage a young person, communicate and engage twice as much as you would with a seasoned employee. It makes a huge difference.
Bottom line: Remote work is the future of work, and it’s here to stay. But if you’re like most companies, you’re probably having trouble implementing remote work successfully. After all, you want your employees to be productive, but how do you know if they are? How do you know if they are doing their jobs well? How do you know if they’re working too hard or not enough?
Remember, work-from-anywhere is a gift. You can discover new hobbies, and lead a more well-rounded life. But maintaining that engagement with others is undoubtedly harder now. Like my former realtor told my wife and I when we were looking for our starter home, “Life is a series of trade-offs.”
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