The importance of organizational culture for the great return to the office

Right now, many companies and public organizations are considering how or whether staff should return to the office, in whole or in part. What the advantages and disadvantages of working from home has been is debated, and there is widespread speculation about what the workplace of the future will look like. In this debate, organizational culture is needed.


In this debate, organizational culture is needed

In this debate, there is a perspective that is extremely important, and it is about organizational culture, employee experience and attractiveness. In return-to-office strategies, employers should ask themselves the question; How do we get everyone to long for the office? That is, how do we become an attractive and high-performing workplace for real, where people want to come and do good things together with others? Kind eyes, a smile and a warm welcome every day are at least as important as inviting office environments. What people will long for is the feeling of context and belonging, to be part of a community where I am important, where people care about and value my presence and my achievement.

If employers want to compete with the opportunity to throw in a wash in the afternoon or to be able to pick up the children earlier from kindergarten, they need to focus on the organizational culture and the experience they want people to be infected with when they step inside the door to the office.

Tips for focusing on organizational culture, employee experience and attractiveness in returning to the workplace.

  • Ask the question, what experience do we want the employees to have when working at the office?
  • What behaviors and actions are crucial that we live and are permeated by, for the experience to be the desired one?
  • How do we make the above happen in everyday life?

These issues are fundamental to an attractive workplace, the experience we infect each other with affects performance more than we think.

In return-to-office strategies, employers should ask themselves the question; how do we all long for the office?

Conflict of interest?

When we take part in the debate, we get the feeling that there may be an underlying conflict of interest. Many employees have experienced clear benefits from working at home and therefor are not entirely anxious to return to the office. Employers, on the other hand, feel that they want the staff back at the office, where they have, among other things, invested in purposeful and pleasant work and meeting places.

When plans are made about how the return to the office will take place, it is of course completely relevant to ensure that the return takes place in a safe and secure manner from the point of view of the pandemic. Those who are thinking about how they can support managers and employees in the change are doing exactly the right thing. It is also super important that there is good communication in the matter and clear and good information to take part of.

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