No office, just flexibility! What will HR do?”

In the ever-evolving realm of remote, hybrid, or office-based work, the choices organizations make regarding flexible work arrangements are significantly shaped by the attitudes of their leaders. A recent study from the 2023 CHRO Roundtable sheds light on a prevalent trend: executive teams often rely on emotions rather than data-driven analyses when deciding on flexible work policies, potentially impacting employee engagement, wellbeing, and mental health.

The findings highlight distinct patterns observed by CHROs in companies where executives harbor negative views about hybrid and remote work. Such organizations often witness executives favoring office work, enforcing stricter attendance policies, and implementing punitive measures. Moreover, they are more inclined to reduce flexibility in the upcoming year.

Despite these challenges, an encouraging 73% of CHROs express the intent to sustain the same degree of flexibility in the future, underscoring a commitment to consistency and sustainability. The study emphasizes the crucial role of injecting objectivity and data into decision-making processes to effectively anticipate and address challenges associated with remote flexibility.

Additionally, CHROs report that their company’s executives with a negative attitude toward hybrid and remote work exhibit the following tendencies:

  • 3.7 times more likely to be working in the office themselves five days per week.
  • Requiring their workforce to spend 1.25 more days per week in the office.
  • 18% less likely to believe hybrid work increases performance.
  • 1.8 times more likely to have punitive policies in place for non-compliance.
  • 10.5 times more likely to reduce flexibility even further in the coming year.

These statistics highlight the correlation between executive attitudes and specific workplace practices, emphasizing the potential consequences of negative views toward flexible work arrangements.

As flexibility becomes an essential component of employee commitment worldwide, organizations need to recognize its role in fostering employee engagement and wellbeing. Engage & Grow stands ready to support organizations globally in navigating the complexities of flexible work. Our dedicated coaches are prepared to guide and empower your teams to maximize engagement, ensuring a harmonious blend of flexibility and productivity. Embrace the future of work with Engage & Grow – where commitment meets flexibility!

Source: Gallup – 3 Leadership Strategies for a Strong, Flexible Work Culture

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