As the world starts to emerge from the pandemic and lockdowns, many employees are considering returning to the office. For some, the transition back to the office may be met with hesitation or anxiety. However, there are many compelling reasons why returning to the office can be the right and best thing to do.
Here are 20 compelling reasons why employees should return to the office:
Connected to a community: Returning to the office can serve as a place where employees can interact with colleagues, collaborate on projects, and build meaningful relationships. This social interaction is often lacking when working remotely, and can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Daily Routine: Returning to the office provides a daily routine that helps to increase productivity. It provides a sense of purpose and direction.
Better access to the boss: Returning to the office provides better access to leaders and decision-makers. Being in the same physical location as leaders can provide opportunities for more informal conversations and discussions, and can help to build stronger relationships.
Working for a purpose: Returning to the office can be a place where employees can focus on their work. Consequently, making a difference in their organization and community.
The power of collective energy: The energy of the collective group can also be a major advantage of returning to the office. Additionally, the buzz and excitement of a busy office can be energizing and motivating,
Better access to resources: Returning to the office will provide better access to resources such as printers and supplies. Additionally, it can improve efficiency and productivity.
Face-to-face communication While remote work has made it easier to communicate with colleagues through video conferencing and other digital tools, there is still no substitute for in-person communication.
Missing the non- verbal cues: Returning to the office, can gives us back the power to watch, look and listen to the nonverbal cues that are often lost in virtual meetings. Which can be crucial for effective communication and collaboration.
The power of socializing: The opportunity to socialize should never be underestimated. Working in an office environment allows for casual conversations and socializing with colleagues, which can help to build a sense of belonging.
Separate personal and professional lives: Returning to the office can also help to separate personal and professional lives, which can be blurred when working from home.
Benefits of mentorship: Working in close proximity to more experienced colleagues can provide opportunities for guidance and development.
The power of commanderie: Returning to the office, allows to have back the environment that promotes a sense of camaraderie and belonging, known as “commandrie,” which can contribute to overall well-being.
In-person meetings. Face to face meetings in general are more effective than virtual meetings. They allow for better communication and the opportunity to build relationships.
Informal learning: Returning to the office employees have a chance to learn from their colleagues and mentors through casual conversations and interactions. This type of informal learning can be more difficult to achieve when working remotely.
Being presentable: Working remotely has its advantages, it can be easy to fall into the habit of staying in pajamas all day. While, returning to the office can be a good excuse to get dressed.
Overall well- being: Returning to the office can have positive effects on overall well-being. As a result, the office can provide a sense of structure and purpose that can improve mental health.
Drop in to chat: Returning to the office provides the opportunity to drop in and ask a quick question or seek guidance from a colleague.
Observe body language: Returning to the office can provide the opportunity to observe and interpret body language, which is a powerful tool for effective communication and collaboration.
Dedicated workplace: Returning to the office provides a dedicated workspace with a proper set up can also improve ergonomics and prevent physical strain.
Power of collaboration: Working in an office environment allows for teamwork and the opportunity to bounce ideas off of colleagues.
We have to remember, remote working may have its benefits, but it can also come with challenges such as isolation, longer hours, poor home office setups, prolonged periods of sitting, and blurred lines between home and office. These challenges can take a toll on the workforce and can negatively impact productivity and well-being. But, returning to the office can provide a sense of structure and support, and can help to alleviate some of work from home challenges.
Lead From Within: The best leaders are constantly seeking to make things right and to find the most compelling reasons that benefit their employees.
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