A friend shared a great quote with me last week:
“In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.”
~ Dave Hollis
Returning to the workplace. Hmmm. Right now, I’m hearing people say that they don’t want to commute anymore and that working parents should be allowed to have more flexibility. There are lots of logical reasons to make changes with what we’ve learned from the Great Pause.
But I believe that underneath is something more emotional. People don’t want to go back because it’s been nice to work from home. Not for everyone, I get that. It’s not that we’ve had more time. Most people I know have been working longer hours. It’s that we have had more control over our approach. Introverts say they have more mental space to “spread out” without the constant distractions of an office. People whose bosses are micro-managers have been able to hide just a little. And without the rush to get coffee at the deli near work before the line gets too big, or the paralysis of prepping kids in the middle of doing makeup, we’ve managed to think, and to get back in touch with how WE like to approach things.
What if it were possible to harness that wisdom as we head back to the office? It’s not about employees making a bunch of unreasonable demands. It’s about employees and managers listening to each other so that you can engineer a better team that is more accountable and wastes less time on frustration and inefficiency.