Many people have expectations that their employer is going to offer them flexibility in how, where and when they work.
And in many businesses, why wouldn’t they? Employees’ expectations aren’t far-fetched when they’ve worked nearly a year out of the office.
With the technological advances of the 21st century, there’s really no reason why people should always be tethered to a desk from 9 to 5. And yet, many employers are still resistant to this trend. They worry about productivity levels, “facetime,” and other easily measurable factors.
But the truth is, studies have shown that if you give your employees the freedom to work how they want and when they want (autonomy and agency), you see a significant boost in morale and, as a result, productivity in the employees you need to keep.
Just measure it and see.
So my advice to employers is simple: when appropriate, adjust to the times and start offering your employees the flexibility they crave. It isn’t your fault they learned to work remotely. Still, it is your responsibility to learn to work with those new experiences and turn those same experiences to the more significant benefit of your company.
Trust me; you won’t regret it.