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RETURN TO OFFICE

A Full Return?


A new report from decision makers are stating that 90% of companies will mandate employees to return to the office full time by the end of 2024. In this newsletter we are looking into the pros and cons and what some of the backlash could bring.

 
9-IN-10 COMPANIES WILL MANDATE OFFICE RETURN NEXT YEAR

"About 90% of companies plan to implement return-to-office policies by the end of 2024, according to an Aug. 22 report from Resume Builder. Most of the 1,000 business decision-makers surveyed by Resume Builder said they currently track or will track their employees to ensure in person attendance, and 28% said their organizations would threaten to fire employees who don’t follow new in-person mandates.


“It’s important to note that, when it comes to RTO, one size does not fit all. The majority of business leaders who plan to RTO in 2024 seem to understand that, in order to retain talent, they can’t force unwilling employees back to the office,” Stacie Haller, chief career advisor for Resume Builder, said in a statement." Learn more


WILL A RIGID RETURN TO OFFICE BACKFIRE?

"Some remote work experts warn that

strict return-to-work mandates adopted by local companies like Amazon could backfire, leading to a loss of top talent and less diverse workplaces. Why it matters: Seattle tech workers are among those pushing back on hardline return-to-office policies that, according to one local remote work expert, aim to wring more work out of employees. Driving the news: Among the companies adopting rigid return-to-work policies are Google, Tesla and Seattle-based Amazon, which began requiring workers to spend at least three days per week in the office starting in May." Learn more


WHAT COMPANIES GET WRONG ABOUT RETURN TO OFFICE

"We are over three and a half years into our collective experiment with remote work and while many companies started calling their employees back to the office over a year ago, a pretty big disconnect remains between what companies want and what employees want when it comes to where work gets done.


According to LinkedIn data, 50% of job applicants say they don’t want to be in the office full time and nearly as many (40%) of current employees say they would quit their job if their employer made them come into the office full-time. Meanwhile, the number of job listings that offer remote work has steeply declined: The peak for remote jobs was in March 2022, with over 20% of all job listings on LinkedIn offering the either fully remote or hybrid, compared to just 8% at the end of May 2023.


So, how can leaders bridge this divide? Is there a way to craft a return-to-office policy that makes both bosses and employees happy?" Learn more

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