Company policies are a necessary part of operations, but the establishment of rules for almost every aspect of the business screams, “We don’t trust our workers. “
The past year has taught executives that they can’t physically monitor every movement of their employees, leading some to give up control and others to step up surveillance with new technology.
However, throughout Jabra’s 2021 Global Hybrid Workbench Report, a recurring theme was that employees want less intervention from employers and be trusted to complete their jobs.
In fact, 77% of Gen X respondents said they would rather work for a company that offers them flexible arrangements rather than a lavish seat. Additionally, 69% of those surveyed said they would prefer managers to focus on results over time in the office.
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The report also showed that workers’ main concerns about returning to the office are due to confused and inconsistent communication about hybrid work policies.
Concerns include why employees need to come to the office, as well as whether managers can ensure workers are treated equally no matter where they choose to work.
In short, it’s clear that policies and guidelines do little to ease the minds of employees as they make this unprecedented transition in the workplace. So which method works?
Leaders need to set their own standards and principles that encourage optimal work, rather than rigid policies that force employees to be in a certain place at a specific time. Confidence will be the key here.