You are the Head of People and Culture in a medium sized organisation with around 1,200 employees. The organisation is beginning to get people back into the office. There is a general sense from your CEO and executive leadership team that productivity is dropping and with employees working remotely they are concerned about a drop in engagement.
Following a recent employee engagement survey, the engagement score is the highest it’s ever been, despite people not being based in the office.
The results and verbatim feedback point to people feeling they benefit from being removed from office politics, feeling more autonomous in their roles, and being more productive with the flexibility working from home provides.
Your CEO wants as many people as possible back in the office within the next three months.
However, you believe the survey results should drive the return to work strategy.
What would you do?
- How would you approach this with your CEO?
- How much say do you think the employees should have?
- What is your obligation to the employees? What is your obligation to the organisation?
- Can culture thrive in a remote environment?
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