Houston, we have a problem: managers want to bring their employees back to the office, they want to work at home more and more.

A study by McKinsey offers figures: After the pandemic, 52 per cent of C-level managers would like to see their employees in the office for four days or more, 36 per cent vote for 3 days, 12 per cent for two days. Exactly the opposite is true for employees: Only 37 per cent want to go back to the office full time, 52 per cent hybrid work, 11 per cent would like to work only from home.

Of course, the home office world is not all rosy, as the study also recapitulates. Working at home under the stress of a pandemic also leads to fatigue, difficulty separating from work, a deterioration of social networks and a weakening sense of belonging, it says.

If the organisation decides to have more home offices, it must be clear that it will involve a change in culture and this will not happen overnight. Leaders need to listen and develop a deep understanding of employees. Everyone needs to try it out and learn from the results. If not, according to the authors of the study, it creates o growing alienation between employees and managers and therefore accelerate the risk of high turnover.

Home office or no home office? I'm doing neither one nor the other for the next three weeks. My holiday starts today, I will be back for you on 26.08.2021.

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