Covid-19 has boosted up the new work office models we can all experience as employees first hand. The only problem? Even though there are various forms of home office implementations out there, companies still fail to understand the core challenges of the situation.
Being an employee means being a human being. A vulnerable individual that is able to integrate itself into a social group or team, accepting the social norms that have been established but at the very same time represents its own interests under any circumstances.
A company doesn’t always act in the best interest of their employees. Quite the opposite. A company has only one goal in mind. Making money? Making profit? Selling? No! That’s not the main goal. It’s achieving their goals.
Without employees a company doesn’t exist. Without a company employees doesn’t exist. Take it or leave it, they both depend on each other. But how does it come that some companies seem to care so much and others so little? People make a company. It’s the approach and execution that determines wether a companies relationship to its employees can described as healthy or unhealthy.
New work office models work for some companies and some employees but definitely not for all companies and employees. Therefore the worst a company can do is treat them all the same. That way not only the unsuitable employees for home office are unproductive, but the suitable as well. The solution seems obvious. Flexibility. Flexibility for both, the company and its employees. But how?
Individual agreements based on customized situations. When looking for something to buy we don’t want a product like all the others, we want our product. With home office it’s the same. There is a solution for everyone. The only thing they have to do is to define what they have agreed upon.
But in realty it’s not that easy! At companies not even the most simple of tasks work. Therefore it will take years until they are waking up. Not because they have understood, but because their competitors have understood before them.
See you next time!