This is a very hot topic right now, The pandemic has created a new set of expectations and opportunities. Here are a few thoughts to prime the pump for today's show.
Starting with Boomers, Gen B (57-75), they are finally ready to leave the workforce. Their absence will create the need for capable people to fill their shoes. I'm sure some of you have been waiting this for a while.
Gen X (Millennials 45-56) - have been waiting for the opportunity to get the Boomers out of the way and finally reach real levels of leadership. They have grown accustomed to working remotely but also understand the need for real face time.
Gen Y (27-44) - are much more attuned to the idea of work-life balance, the challenge is they use different standards. Unlike the Gen B and Gen Y employees, their idea of balance is something approaching 50%.
Gen Z (26 and below) - don't really understand the need to travel to a place of work. They are the most technology enabled and therefore comfortable with working online 90%+ of the time.
Over the last 18 months people have become accustomed to working remotely and depending on the generation or age group have different opinions and expectations.
The research data on productivity indicates that employment that is almost all remote has lower productivity; that is individual, team, and enterprise wide. It also appears that some of the productivity loss is off-set by lower operating costs. The jury is out if it is a wash but there is another problem that is hard to overcome with technology - maintaining a culture.
First you are dealing with different standards for answering the question based on the generation. What Gen X thinks is the right mix is not the same as younger generations.
Second, each generation brings a different work ethic to the party. Gen B and Gen X are more alike than not. Their work ethic is the job is not done until it is done, not when the work day is over. They are probably the best candidates for Remote Work because an unsupervised day requires self discipline.
Third the generations that really see's this as a better deal usually lack the self-discipline to work in an unsupervised environment. They love Remote work but are the best candidates for that environment.
What a challenge!
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There is not a generic right answer for every business. We run a remote operation with little face time and have made it work on three platforms. Other than Slack we made different choices for projects and meetings.
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