The smart way to get staff back in the office

The smart way to get staff back in the office

Applying a strict return to office policy may result in resignations and could also harm future talent attraction.

In this video, Graham Smith (Head of Marketing at Schej) explores why people dislike the office and some of the benefits that employers could highlight to encourage a return. More on this subject in our blog article ‘Staff may resign if you force them back to the office‘.

Video Transcript – The smart way to get staff back in the office

00:00
So this is Joey, our greyhound. You can 
probably tell he’s a little bit upset this morning.  

00:07
Because he’s been told that he’s got to 
go back into the office. He’s being forced.  

00:12
There he goes – didn’t even say goodbye.

00:17
And like a lot of people he’s upset about the 
idea of being forced into the office.

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Some people, like Joey, are even considering resigning.

00:29
Ian Goodfellow, Director of Machine Learning
at Apple, resigned recently because

00:37
he felt that Apple was forcing people back into the office.

00:41
So what is it about going to the office
that people dislike so much now?

00:47
Well I think part of the reason is the 
change that we’ve all made to our lifestyle. 

00:53
We’ve changed our childcare arrangements,
inherited dogs that need to be taken for a walk,

01:00
and in some cases altered the spare 
room to be a home office. 

01:05
These are all major changes to our lifestyle.

01:09
I think one of the other reasons is
the dreaded commute.

01:13
The hour, hour and a half, maybe in some cases 
two hours that we need to spend commuting.

01:20
Certainly, Joey doesn’t like going on the 
train because he can never find a seat.

01:26
And sitting in a traffic jam with me he gets a 
little bit bored playing “I spy with my little eye”.

01:33
But where is it written that going into the 
office needs to be nine-to-five.

01:38
Flexible hybrid working can mean flexible hours.

01:43
So for example, if you’ve got a meeting at 11
do you really need to turn up at 9?

01:49
And if you turn up at 11 you’re not late for work,

01:52
because the chances are you’ve been doing 
two hours work at home.

01:57
And if the meeting only lasts an hour can’t you leave at 
12? Go back home and continue working?

02:06
Certainly going into the office for meetings
is a great idea.

02:09
There’s an energy in the room when it’s in-person,
in-office. You get all of those visual clues

02:17
from people’s body language – when to talk,
when to listen.

02:22
And the conversation just seems to flow better.

02:25
It’s also true I think that when you leave a meeting
you have all of those ‘off-the-record’ conversations,

02:33
and occasionally you’ll have what I call
‘accidental conversations’

02:37
with people outside of your silo department.

02:40
I work in marketing, I might bump into 
someone from finance and discover something new.

02:48
I think there’s also more collaboration 
and team building in the office.

02:53
It’s nice to celebrate Tony’s birthday
with a cupcake and a cup of tea.

02:59
It’s nice to go for an after-work drink
with your teammates to celebrate a big win.

03:06
And who’s going to refuse a lunchtime pizza
especially if your boss is paying?

03:12
What’s your view? Joey would like you to comment below.

03:17
There’s also a blog article, and you can 
see the QR code and URL on screen now.

03:25
Whether you’ve travelled into the office 
or working from home today, have a nice day.


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Photo by Priscilla Du Preez.