If Your Employees Are Working In the Office, You Should Be There, Too

If your business is 100 percent remote, with no one having to come in, that’s great. The boss and HR get to work from home as well.

But, if you have employees who either need to be in the office every day or who you’ve asked to work in the office, you need to be there.

It turns out that’s not how things are working out. A pulse survey from Future Forum found out that it’s not the bosses that are commuting. They report:

  • Non-executive employees are nearly twice as likely as executives to be working from the office five days a week.
  • Non-executives’ work-life balance scores are now 40% worse than their bosses, plummeting at five times the rate of executives over the last quarter.
  • Non-executives are also reporting more than twice the level of work-related stress and anxiety as executives.

If you want your employees to be in the office, you need to be there. Here’s why:

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4 thoughts on “If Your Employees Are Working In the Office, You Should Be There, Too

  1. If you as the employer think in-house work is necessary then that requirement applies to the boss. too. Nothing is worse for morale if the boss is home “watching the performance” remotely. Unless eliminating employee numbers (lowing labor cost) is the priority and in that case, run don’t walk away from this job, as soon as you get another job. This is one of the big reasons that the big job walkout occured.

  2. I think it depends on the role. Sometimes you really do need to be in the building to do the job–if your job requires physical objects, for example. And some people just work better in the office. If I’m in the office because I want to be, it’s ridiculous to demand my boss be in the office as well! The equipment may be better, the internet connection may be better (not all of us live in city centers), or we may just not have room to dedicate to an office (a common early-pandemic complaint).

    “Be in the office if your employees must be” may be a good rule of thumb, but as with all rules of thumb it needs to be adjusted or abandoned as local conditions require. Global forcing mechanisms are translated through regional conditions into local effects.

    1. Perhaps, but requiring butt-in-seat for jobs that don’t have to be onsite gives off a “rules for thee but not for me” vibe.

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