Five Pillars of Remote Work - Part 4
- General Strategy
This is part four of a five-part series on the realities of remote working.
Pillar #4: Remote working engenders loyalty.
A recent article in HR Executive Magazine shows that employees are already concerned about being forced back into the office for health reasons. Responding to those concerns appropriately can allay fears and engender loyalty.
Companies that accommodate remote working are rewarded by employees who are appreciative and less likely to go elsewhere.
The tectonic plates of our work culture have permanently shifted. Executives and corporate leaders must be prepared to lose talent if they insist that everyone return to the way things were pre-pandemic. You don't have to take my word for it, HR Executive Magazine spells it out for us.
Employers considering bringing their employees back into the office might want to reconsider.
A whopping 58% of workers say they would "absolutely" look for a new job if they weren't allowed to continue working remotely in their current position, new data finds. According to FlexJobs, which surveyed more than 2,100 people who have been working remotely during the pandemic, 31% aren't sure what they would do and only 11% say not being able to continue working remotely is not a big deal to them.
Part 1 of this series talks about how successful remote working has been during the pandemic. Don't expect employees to forget that and just come back without some negotiation.
Employees feel more like they're being treated as trusted, responsible adults, rather than people who need constant supervision.
Do you trust your employees? I guess that's the first question you need to answer. I truly hope the answer is Yes, because without some level of trust, you cannot operate as a leader, pandemic or not. Do your employees trust YOU? Again, I hope the answer is Yes. Allowing remote work to continue will address some of that trust factor, and also engender loyalty.
There's no question that adjustments to our thinking need to be made to support remote work in the future. But the upside realities for embracing remote work far outweight the downsides of resisting the change. If you'd like to brainstorm 3 or 4 concrete ideas for your company that you can use NOW, just visit www.TalkToToolie.com to schedule an Executive Strategy Session.