TRTP: Remote Work, is it here to stay?
TopRANK Talking Points is a brief segment where we come to you with things on our mind as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion. You can hear our thoughts and opinions as we explore some of the hot topics that we’re hearing a lot about.
One thing that’s coming up a lot lately is remote work – what are the pros and cons? Do businesses need to get on board or risk obsolescence? I think there are definitely pros and cons to remote work, but ultimately, the cat’s out of the bag so to speak. Once we’ve gone there and employees have been able to experience it, it’s hard to go back.
When considering this decision, employees must ensure that the relationship with your employees is solid FIRST. I think it’s absolutely imperative that companies at minimum consider the possibility of remote work, but before you lose that face-to-face interaction, it’s important that you have strong relationships.
Some examples of large corporations making these changes are Target, who has somewhere around one million square feet of space in Minneapolis where their headquarters are located and they’ve decided after talking to employees that they will not be reopening on that site.
You don’t have to go “all-in” either, there’s lots of examples of hybrid models that can work great for your employees AND your business. Of course, it’s not for everyone, there are some positions and organizations that simply can’t offer it as an option.
At the end of the day, the #TRTP is that working from home is here to stay. If your organization doesn’t offer it or at least consider it, you may begin to see challenges in hiring employees.