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What to Do If Your Team Doesn’t Want to Go Back to the Office

This article originally appeared on hbr.org.

As the pandemic continues, there are growing tensions at organizations where employees who have been working from home are now expected to come into reopened offices. Many knowledge workers — who have happily shed their commutes, decreased their interaction with difficult colleagues, and let go of other frustrations of the office — relish the freedom, flexibility, and the increased productivity of working from home. But some senior leaders – who may not have confidence in their own ability to manage remote workers — aren’t necessarily on the same page.

These leaders may be informed by anecdotal evidence that working from home is too distracting or doesn’t support group creativity.  And they may share the view of Reed Hastings, the co-CEO of Netflix, who described the inability to get together in person as a “pure negative.”

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Onward and upward —

LK

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