The end of a return to office date


“We decided as a management team: what was magical about these dates? “,” Said Ms. Anas. “It was extremely liberating to say, ‘We’re going to see how it goes and we’re not looking to find a date.'”

She is troubled by the possibility that they are still working from home in March, two years after they packed their desks for the first time. But with the surge in coronavirus infections, Ms Anas is relieved the company doesn’t have to weigh the merits of a comeback in early 2022, leaving workers worriedly awaiting updates.

“If we had pushed the box away until January, they would be obsessed with this,” she said. “We stay focused on the job. It’s just a distraction. “

For many organizational leaders, responding to the anxieties of their workforce has been the one constant in the RTO process.

With Delta’s spread, Jessica Saranich, who heads US operations for productivity software company, received a flurry of notes from colleagues: Are we really going back to the office in August? Last month brought the news of Omicron, with a new set of questions: what does this mean for the offsite rally in January, with its promise of free food, partying and a DJ in Miami. ? Ms Saranich’s team has delayed her return to office date three times, leaving some employees to plead for more permanence in company policies.

“Sometimes our team will say please, just make a decision, choose something, get us back to the office or have us stay away,” Ms. Saranich said. “But it’s not something we want to rush. Being able to deal with the discomfort and say we don’t know is a great gift we can give to our team.

Yet many organizations aiming for a return to early 2022 have not budged.

Express Employment Professionals, a personnel provider in Oklahoma City, aims to bring half of its 300 workers back to their newly remodeled headquarters on Jan.15. The company initially reopened its offices in July as part of a phased reintegration plan, which was temporarily curtailed in September. Keith McFall, COO, believes clear RTO dates serve as a force of stability for workers going through months of turmoil.


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