It’s up to leaders to lead with the office-working benefits
Don’t get me wrong, I am a massive advocate for face-to-face interactions. But I believe it’s down to us to show the benefits of when this is suitable, so people can make a choice about when the office is best. Observational learning is probably the biggest benefit for me – and this applies to all levels. While we’re holding more virtual training and knowledge-sharing sessions than we ever have, the unexpected learning that comes from overhearing colleagues is still what brings me into the office. I continue to learn from everyone in the business and don’t want to lose that.
It’s our job as leaders and managers to promote the benefits of the office to our staff, and more importantly to continue to build a culture that is effective regardless of location. It’s safe to say Monday and Friday are the quiet office days, and that isn’t surprising. Agency life is fast-paced, so it’s great that people can start and finish their week at home – beginning with the quiet to focus and winding down to start their weekend as soon as possible.
We have to make employees want to come together, not force it. We’re introducing more social events and virtual initiatives that give people that chance to get to know their colleagues. Unsurprisingly, desk bookings are always busy for our monthly Rise and Shine company breakfast and the days when we’re off to the pub in the evening. But that’s the reality now, whatever the reason, people need one to rationalise the journey, and now is the time for businesses to accept that.