Working from home during the pandemic was an opportunity for employers and employees to see what really is the best working scenario for the employer, the employee, and of course…..the bottom line. Because it’s always, always, always about the bottom line. But rather than taking advantage of that opportunity some employers just told everyone get back to the office now and get back to work.
When the Covid pandemic hit my friend was sent home to work from home. That was March 2020. No one returned to the office until August 2021. Basically 18 months.
We have been friends since we were in high school. And I can tell you this……during the 18 months he was at home I think that was the happiest he may have been as an employee. EVER. Well at least in decades. Yep, while working from home.
As far as I know his work got done. His projects were completed. What was missing was a 90-minute commute each way. Ridiculous interruptions. Meetings that could have been an email. Or worse, meetings that could have been a text. Office politics. Gossip. And who knows what else.
For close to 18 months he was happy I heard it in his voice. It was unmistakable. It’s like his soul was resurrected.
I have spoken to him a couple of times in the last month. It’s just horrible. I hear it in his voice. It’s like the last of his soul was taken away (again).
So my advice to employers who sent their people home…….look around. Listen. Was it not noticeable in your Zoom calls, emails and phone calls that some of your employees may have been at the most peace they will ever be.
Think about that. And what are you willing to do about it. Cuz there’s a WFH recruiter chomping at their bit!