Working from home at times and in ways that work for us is exactly what I have advocated for as presenting the greatest flexibility allowing us to balance work with our twin need to create our work spaces and how we work that are uniquely suited for our needs. Now, it appears that ‘top talent’ has committed to a new cultural shift that will filter down to all other echelons.
Ironically, I just read another article about Disney’s CEO sending a company-wide email to employees stating that they “must return to the office at least four days a week.” The old guard of wealth and power is loath to acknowledge people do not require constant supervision, nor do people enjoy open-office floor plans or incessant office chatter and bland, mundane corporate bureaucratic platitudes brainwashing employees to think of them as ‘family.’
Smaller, more agile companies and startups have largely already pivoted to embrace work from home or work from anywhere strategies. It’s less overhead, less stress for employees, and if productivity is equal or better, there is no case for forcing employees to work in an office full of distractions, stress, and mandates, let alone require travel commutes that are a continual source of stress and unease with most workers.
If your job cannot be done at home or from anywhere with an internet connection then this post is not for you. Obviously, there will be careers that rely on in-person performance of job duties but if your career choice offers the practicality of more time at home where you can control your environment to suit your needs, more time and attention to family, and far less travel time, this is an exciting cultural shift that should become as embedded in the working culture long-term.
If your career choice does not allow for work from home perhaps it’s time to think about doing something different in 2023? In the past, we could only outline a sketch of what a temperament-appropriate career’ might look like but now here it is and, if you need to make changes to take advantage of the new realities allowing for work from home or work from anywhere NOW is the time to skill-up, level-up, and adapt your life to YOUR needs…