Companies are strategizing how to help employees return to the office, or whether they want to bring them back at all.
Despite previous misconceptions, productivity has actually improved among employees working from home. This has left companies totally reconsidering how to operate in the future when it comes to the workplace.
Some have turned to the idea of merging both the perks of remote working and in-office arrangements. In fact, analysis from McKinsey revealed that most occupations across nine countries would be retaining a combination of the two.
However, this will vary across professions. For instance, occupations in finance, insurance, and IT saw little to no productivity loss when working remotely. On the other hand, roles that include mentoring, coaching and problem-solving are best suited for in-person work.
Having an understanding of what works best for certain employees can help companies strike a healthy balance of work arrangements.
Another factor to consider is what benefits are lost when working in either arrangement. For instance, some employees may value having perspective of how well they are performing.
While video conferencing meetings have somewhat replicated these interactions, physical, informal interactions are truly the best way to communicate strategies and acknowledge the good work of employees.