Will office life ever be the same again?
All signs seem to indicate “no”.
As the COVID pandemic continues to ease with widespread vaccinations and over a year of socially distant, mostly-quarantined lifestyles, many leaders are wondering just exactly how to approach office and work structure moving forward.
According to a recent study by Great Place to Work, only about 16% of workers were working remotely pre-pandemic. Now? About 89% of professional services employees are working remotely. The same study also found that 80% of executives found that their staff was either just as productive or more productive working from home than from the office. While the future is not without challenges, those numbers are hard to ignore.
What is the best path forward? How do employers ensure productivity, client service excellence, and happy staff? While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, there are some things every business and firm leader should keep in mind:
1. Understand the History of Office Work
2. Accept That One Size Will Not Fit All
3. Have Some Honest Conversations
4. Keep Talking About Caregivers
5. It’s All About Balance
6. Don’t Risk Reverting
7. Embrace Opportunity
8. Reconsider Culture
9. Keep an Office, Rethink Its Use
10. Be Fluid