It’s hard to attract quality workers. That’s critical since these days the nation’s older workers — those legendary baby boomers — are retiring in record numbers. To make things much better for the Millennials business needs to attract, many are changing offices to be more — for lack of a better term —- homey.
The idea is to mimic the assumed warmth of a person’s home. This supposedly will help keep employees working and actually wanting to spend more time at work.
It’s a counter to the current trend of companies letting people work more from home than at the office. But former Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer said companies are starting to scale that back and need something to replace the warm fuzzy of working from home. She concludes more work from the office is beneficial in that “some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings.”
Wharton Business School professor Peter Capelli agrees. He said those allowed to work from home when others are not sows negativity in the workforce.
IBM, Bank of America and Best Buy are companies scaling back work from home policies. Many are adding exercise areas, showers, bike racks and comfortable places for breakout sessions.
Others are doing gyms, coffee shops and even bars.
The open-office concept is also popular with companies but not so popular with workers. They prefer quiet, partitioned areas so they can solve problems and work in peace.
What this really says is the best approach to changing work rules — like working from home — is for employers to talk to employees and find out what they want and need and then try to fit it to what the company is doing.
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