Available for Interviews: Leni Rivera
Leni Rivera is a Workplace Experience specialist and author of the very first book in the industry, Workplace Experience. Her passion is creating work environments that enable employees to be both productive and happy, regardless of where that is.
What Leni Rivera can say in an interview
Getting Employee to Return to the Office:
If there is one thing that the pandemic has taught us, it is that the digital age has finally caught up with the way we work, and there is no going back. It is important to remember that working remotely is not anything new. It existed for decades prior to the pandemic, so employees already knew it was possible to remain productive and engaged working remotely. All the pandemic did is to reveal to all those who were once doubtful and resistant to such a drastic change to the work environment, that in fact, it is an environment that is not only effective but also long overdue.
How Companies Are Responding to
the Resistance to Returning to the Office
- Lure employees back to the office with creative perks, free food, and exciting events – rewarding them, so to speak, for coming to the office to work.
- “Punish” those who want to work remotely by lowering their wages and reducing benefits, especially if these employees have moved to a new location. With either of these first two approaches, however, what we find is that when employees brave the long commute back to the office, they find themselves sitting in Zoom calls all day.
- Allowing employees to thrive regardless of where they work and enabling them to be productive from anywhere. After all, supporting employees to deliver their best work should be the ultimate goal for any organization. Companies that embrace this approach are also re-evaluating the office experience so that it is not only different from what it was prior to the pandemic but also something completely different from what workers have in their home environment so that the office can support workers’ diverse needs and goals.
The biggest challenge that all companies face (and will continue to face) is answering the question, “why do I have to be in the office, when I am more productive working from home?” Companies that fail to answer that question sufficiently will lose their employees and fail to attract future employees. There is just no question about it. The digital age has revolutionized the workplace, and it is not going back. And truly, it’s about time.
Interview: Leni Rivera
Leni Rivera is a Workplace Experience specialist and author of its very first book in the industry. Her passion is creating work environments that enable employees to be both productive and happy, regardless of where that is.
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