After more than 12 months of remote working, what do employees feel about remote working, the return back to, and the future of the office? And how can this help HR leaders shape their business’ approach?
To get a better understanding of peoples’ experiences, wants and needs, Walker Morris partnered with Leeds University Business School on a survey covering a range of issues relating to home working and the return to work. […]
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The survey found that the majority of employees had adapted to their new working arrangements quickly, with many enjoying an increased sense of autonomy.
A significant number of respondents felt they had more flexibility in the way they organised their working day and were actually more productive working at home. People are enjoying the freedom to spend more time with family as well as spending more time on wellbeing-related activities like exercise.
Less travel and commute to work gave us more time for life and more life to the environment.
Employees with families found it difficult to juggle their work/life balance, and created ‘technostress’.
However, the office is not obsolete. Working from the office is still the preferred way of working for some employees, particularly those seeking to demarcate home and work life. And be prepared to manage changing practices for effective management. For example, to ensure consistency between the treatment of those spending a significant amount of time in the office and those spending more time at home. Especially not using ‘face-time’ as a measure of success or diligence.
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Giving your reasons for leaving a job helps interviewers determine what satisfaction and engagement at work looks like to you. It can also shed light on what your long-term career plan is and what you want to get out of a new role.
1. More responsibility and better career growth. Wanting to develop your skills can be one. Give examples of the kinds of skills you want to build on and tangible ways you’d like to go about doing it.
2. A career change. A new direction professionally, to find interesting and meaningful work.
3. Company reorganization. It’s helpful to give some examples as to why the new structure isn’t working for you. And what you’ve done to try and improve things and what you’d change.
4. Better work-life balance. Try and focus on what you’re seeking for in the long term, whether it’s remote work, a four-day work week or flexible hours.
5. Relocation. Explain why you’re making the move.
Avoid launching into a barrage of complaints about your former workplace, colleagues or manager.