Let’s talk about work a little (more)

This whole ‘work from home’ issue is about striking a balance

Erikjan Lantink

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There’s no one size fits all

Or let’s debate about work a lot (less).

Wow.

If you’re a curious person like I am and interested in the future of work, these are FANTASTIC times.

They’re so so so good that it’s worth adding them to my portfolio of services. I’m just unsure how to call the service and what the tagline would be.

I just know that everyone has an opinion, everyone is using data to their advantage to support their perspective, and it seems like nobody is really getting it right.

What’s the issue?

From a CEO’s perspective (or at least many CEOs), it’s getting people back to the office.

From an employee perspective, it’s optimizing the way I do my work.

Both groups are biased. And that’s where the problem starts.

Let’s first look at the root cause of the debate.

It’s simple. People’s habits have changed.

The pandemic has caused people to realize that work can be done differently. We were confined to our homes for months, and we learned that work still got done.

We learned how to be effective online. We were happy that we could skip traffic to and from the office. We exercised more, walked more, cooked more, and had more conversations with our family and friends. We learned to use the time ‘lost’ to commute effectively for things we were passionate about.

I know not everyone has had similar experiences.

We also learned that we missed being part of an ‘in person’ community, working collaboratively in one room, or meeting with our colleagues abroad.

It’s not a coincidence that planes and hotels are full again, event catering is booming again, and people are thrilled to go to offsite meetings again with their teams.

This whole ‘work from home’ issue is about striking a balance.

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Erikjan Lantink

Business & Leadership coach. Interim Leader. Writer. Speaker. Former Retail Executive (general management; operations; HR)