Challenge 2: Hesitation
Employee habits have changed, whether due to health concerns or simply enjoying the freedom to walk the dog in the morning instead of spending an hour trapped in traffic. However, return-to-office mandates aren’t the answer because most employees would rather quit their job than be forced to go back to the office full time. The ADP Research Institute’s (ADPRI) report, "People at Work 2022: A Global Workforce View,” revealed that as much as 64% of the workforce would look for a new job
if their employer mandated a full-time return to the office.Solution: Commute Worthy
To overcome the hesitancy and overall perception that the office is a place employees MUST spend at least eight hours of every day in front of their computers, employers will need to create work experience to help make the office a place employees actually WANT to be.
Instead of punishing employees
(i.e., mandating) them to return to the office, focus on experiences unique to your company (in-person volunteer days or recreational basketball teams) and perks your employees can get excited about (gym memberships, commuter expense account, or maybe even onsite childcare).