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Why the return to the office matters

Employees might go back to the office, but not five days a week, Microsoft researchers found:

  • “Over 70% of workers want flexible remote work options to continue, while over 65% are craving more in-person time with their teams. To prepare, 66% of business decision makers are considering redesigning physical spaces to better accommodate hybrid work environments. The data is clear: extreme flexibility and hybrid work will define the post-pandemic workplace.”

And putting some perspective here, Atlassian says they have added a quarter of their entire workforce during the pandemic.  Which means they have never been to an office.

I’m also highlighting a longer read by Recode, which focuses on the 10 ways that the office will never be the same.     One item from it – how productivity is being measured will change.    Where before people were evaluated by aptitude, attitude, and attendance… without those on a daily basis, it’s measured by output.  And that’s not just the raw amount, but the outcome.

Why do we care?

I keep hitting the work from anywhere and change to the office as a theme because there is so much to both learn … and implement.     If technology enables this new way of working, then the IT services companies implementing it are the key to making those implementations successful.

Thus, we care to be experts in effective use of the technology, which is so much more than knowing what button to hit.   How will the space be used?  How will culture be built?    Where to use AI, and where to use people?      How to you effectively bridge communities and populations that are diverse? 

Hard questions to be sure, but all the profitable ones to solve.     There won’t be a single answer either, which makes this artisanal, not purely technological.

Source: Protocol

Source: IT News AU

Source: Vox