Duncan Dalzel-Job and the wider community 🙂
Just had the privilege of hearing this amazing lady talk.
Basically, she posited:
We can’t go back to the office. Ever.
The bonds are broken. New patterns are better, and going backwards never works. We should plan to never return.
It will in fact be harder to return to the old world order, than it was to progress to more flexible home working, particularly now we have adapted.
CEOs always liked getting brainpower into the building, but was it ever successful?
The data says no. People aren’t productive in offices – they create communities to replicate the home they left behind and only tend to actively WORK 3-4hrs per day. When WFH like we are now, people work more adaptively around their personal lives, remaining connected to what needs to be done both in the home, and the office, over 15hrs/day. Productive business work tends to be between 6-8hrs. Now that the shift to WFH is more long-term & settled, employees feel better because they are actually more productive.
The ”watercooler conversation” was superficial at best.
We can now focus on being real & deliberate because conversations are a choice.
Mental health hasn’t accelerated.
It’s the same; but people now have something to blame and so a reason to talk – transparency is an improvement.
Yes, some folks need to get out – but is that your employers’ responsibility? If so, address the need to be out; don’t make people work, when they are connecting.
Commuting is exhausting.
It removed people from their communities. People are now building their lives in the communities, villages & towns, where they live – this is better from a climate perspective and from a human perspective.
IRL meetings will be more intentional.
Instead of assuming you need to have a bunch of face to face meetings – if you have to spend to have them, or ask for funds, then you will make the most of every one you have.
Culture is not a place.
Companies interviewed ALL stated that their culture is now STRONGER than it was before the pandemic, because it had to be decided and driven more actively.
Culture is a set of behaviours that define a group and a successful culture translates into results. Processes and initiatives should surround a successful culture to foster & invigorate it, but these are being re-invented & change constantly – they need to be adaptive & don’t stay the same.