Are you losing out on top talent by forcing staff back to the office?

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on August 12th, 2021

Are you losing out on top talent by forcing staff back to the office?

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on August 12, 2021

COVID has taught us that employees don’t have to sit in an office for 40 hours a week to do their best work. Hybrid working is here to stay, and given the ongoing risk from new variants, future-proofing your hybrid workforce is just common sense.

Some employers may find this difficult to accept, whether because they want to keep an eye on their staff or because they simply value the camaraderie of having everyone physically together.

But companies that insist on dragging everyone back to the office will suffer serious consequences when it comes to attracting and retaining talent – and in the current climate of skills shortages and wage price inflation, those are consequences few companies can afford.

We’ve all heard of the “Great Resignation”: an unprecedented wave of quitting as employees who sat tight during COVID are now looking for better situations or simply some time off. A recent report revealed that as many as 95% of employees are thinking about changing jobs.

And according to a survey by Prudential, of those looking for new jobs, half of the employees who are currently working remotely say that if their current employer fails to offer them long-term remote work options, they’ll look for an employer that does.

In the current cut-throat job market, companies that don’t do everything they can to broaden their talent pool and invest in their workforce risk losing the lifeblood of their organisations.

Like it or not, we need to accept that the future of work is hybrid. There’s no need to take a wrecking ball to our office buildings just yet: some aspects of work just work best when people are physically together. But the way we use our offices has to change.

The best way to approach this transformation is to resist the temptation to be prescriptive. Trust your workers to deliver, no matter where they are. Offer them flexibility and empowerment, and they’ll reward you with loyalty and productivity.

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