Effectiveness Should Drive Where Work is Done - Simon Davis

The idea below is one of the 20+ ideas from our 2022 Workplace Experience Ideabook (which you can download here). Today's idea comes from Purposeful Intent's Simon Davis discusses how we earn employees back to the office.

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Simon Davis, Founder & CEO, Purposeful Intent

There is still too much discussion about "are we going in the office two days a week, or three or five". To me people are seeking to answer the wrong question. The office, like any other tool, is something to be used at the right time, for the right task. You would never mandate that someone used PowerPoint for everything they did on a specific day, because projects, tasks and collaborations are different.

The lens needs to be more firmly on "where do people do specific tasks more effectively". Look at productivity, efficiency and human metrics to determine which tasks are typically carried out better where (by individuals, teams and departments). Collaboration, celebration and community are three strong use cases for the office. The power of casual collision cannot be underestimated.

Forcing people into using the office, like forcing them to use PowerPoint for everything they do, is futile. They will quickly realize it is not always fit for purpose and in some instances can hamper their deliverables.

I would love to see organizations share this type of data so we could look at a more macro level and who (sliced by factors such as role, age etc.) typically does what type of tasks better at home, in the office or in a third place. 

To read more ideas from the 2022 Workplace Experience Ideabook, go to our download page.

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