Placing people and their performance at the heart of organisations in our new world of work.
It won’t have escaped your notice that we are gearing up for a return to ‘normal’ or the ‘new normal’ as it has been termed by some. Many are questioning if they will be returning to the office. Will they be offered a hybrid and be able to remain working form home? However a recent Yougov survey commissioned by PUSH, 40% of people suspect employers want them to return to the office as soon as possible, because they think their employees achieve less when working from home.
But what is this new normal of work?
Will it be better or worse than before? Have organisations learned and adapted or have they simply focused on surviving with the intent to return to normal practice? How many of us have preferred working from home? Those who had to take the responsibility of education at home may have had a different experience to those who didn’t. It’s clear we’ve all had a wide variety of experiences. How many will recognise that there is no one size fits all solution? That flexible working is in fact subject to the needs of the employee.
However we all feel about the changes imposed on us we can’t ignore the fact that change and inclusivity drives innovation and flexible working is the true benchmark for inclusivity.
However a recent Yougov survey commissioned by PUSH, suggests that 36% of the working population think they will work nearly 100% of the time from the office once the pandemic is over. Yet, 35% of people felt they achieved more when working from home.
We at The Find Your Flex Group believe that each individual should have a discussion with their manager around flexibility and productivity.
Under what circumstances will they be most productive? What measure can we put in place to ensure support, cooperation and collaboration?
PUSH founder, Cate Murden, suggests it’s a new form of presenteeism: belief that even with the proof we are willing and able to work from home, employers still feel the physical presence of an employee in the workplace equates to better and more valuable deliverables.
According to the 3,037 surveyed, 32% believed those who return to the office when asked are more likely to get promoted. That rises to 42% in the under 35s!
What about mental health?
Murden believes that mental health and wellbeing are being put on the backburner as new figures suggest we feel pressured to return to the office in spite of the fact we achieve more at home.
Murden advises companies to instead use lockdown as a baseline for learning how we can protect the fallout from a sudden return to work:
“The numbers that came back from this survey were shocking, but not surprising. If nothing else, it shows that we are still a long way from placing people at the heart of the organisation and not just bottom lines. Why, if we know we are doing better from home, are we feeling pressured to go back into the office?
Overlooking old behaviours and not learning from the past 12 months will be the downfall of many companies. Over the course of the pandemic alone we have supported some of the largest household names, including Whitbread, Toyota, Urban Outfitters and Rightmove, as they prepare for the wave of mental health issues that come with the new era of work. It is these companies, the ones that have used this time to adapt and grow, that will succeed.”
Perhaps, when we talk about a ‘new normal of work’ maybe we need to look beyond how a company functions. Maybe we need to get to the heart of any organisation, its values and its people.
PUSH specialises in corporate wellness, mental health, leadership and professional development. Working with clients to create tailored solutions to the challenges felt by their teams. Having seen 15% YoY growth during the pandemic PUSH decided to commission and publish the Human Element Report outlining our views on the return to work.
Read the full report here: The Human Element Report
For more information on how PUSH can support you during lockdown and beyond, visit www.pushmindbody.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org