I, on the other hand, have access to such metrics (which I developed at management request at the start of the lockdown, no less) which clearly show that performance actually improved steadily over the lockdown period while staff worked from home.
However, we're being pulled back in "to regain performance.."
@Leo56 - any chance you could share those metrics (de-identified)? I'm just a process engineer (i.e., not in a position to capitalize), but I could really use some information to sway my management to avoid that fate. 90% of my urgent priority work is single-task focus work. Yet they want me to do that in an environment with a 2 minute interrupt frequency.
... Manager offered to buy expensive noise-canceling headphones as a consolation--to take care of the noisy environment (which is human vocal noise). I somehow managed to avoid a hard facepalm ... (a) not how they work, (b) not going to keep people from directly interrupting me while I'm clearly focusing.
Very sorry dead5ea (great name by the way!) but the metrics are based on a weekly compilation of process-related data over the last two years - exclusively admin-process type work in a team-based administration system.
At its most basic, it counts processes started against processes completed (per process type, of which there are several dozen) and presents them in a like-for-like graphical comparison (to enable rapid assimilation).
Sorry I can't help
My team has been WFH since March 2020, and 99% of the staff love it. My management up 3 levels is happy, as productivity is up. No one that's WFH in our office wants to go back.
In my case, my commute changed from 34 miles to 35 steps. I have a dedicated office and my wife (when she's home) leaves me alone to work -- we see each other when I take breaks. If I get a call at the end of my work day, it's no problem as I'm not worried about ugly traffic. The team communicates mostly via Teams chat and calls, and it's working. Everyone is happy and the morale is very high.
This week I'm back at an office for a major software roll-out. My day starts with a 45 minute commute, followed by 9-11 hours of "stuff", followed by another 45 minute commute with a bunch of suicidal maniacs on the road. Instead of simply logging off, I have to deal with a stressful commute.
Going forward, I'll be in the office 1 day every 2 weeks. I'm ok with that.
Pretty much a lost day. So we are probably going to drop it to once every 4 weeks. More than enough to get the "we are still a team" spirit, but less hit to productivity.
I used to be one of those "you need to be in the office to get an efficient team where people know what is going on" types. But I have now learned my lesson. Pair programming and most other forms of collaboration are so much more efficient online, even though I could easily give some hints to Microsoft if they want to know how to improve both Teams and Visual Studio live share.
So the 3 years in the past me would not hire the current me.
Working on industrial and automotive means having several thousand square meters of various equipment, for several millions. Managing thousands of products with a small engineering team makes context switching quite normal in the span of a week, so presence is definitely a better option.
I can take smart if I need it, when I got the coof I could work from home isntead of taking sick days - I have unlimited sick days but I'd risk the monthly bonus if I take too many.
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... I'd be looking for a significant pay rise if I had to commute again!
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I like working in an office.
I actually rented an office, a.k.a. pay good money every month, so I can sit in an office.
It looks professional towards customers, I'm among people, which actually gained me a good customer, and I can concentrate better when there's no TV and PlayStation around.
If I were still an employee, I'd want to be able to work from home.
I probably still wouldn't (unless the office was far away), but it says something about an employer if they let you work from home.
I even read about a recruiter recently who just watched companies who announced people had to come back to the office and then simply called their employees.
More than half of the employees were happy to switch jobs.
Basically, if my employer doesn't go the extra mile for me, I won't go the extra mile for them.
It's a two-way street and "just" salary doesn't cut it anymore (unless it's really good).
That's also how I want to lead my company when I get employees (which isn't easy in the current market).
Work from home is a no-brainer, as are 25 paid vacation days (20 is the legal minimum), a car, phone and laptop (these are a bare minimum nowadays).
Anything else can be discussed, such as study, working part time, flexible working hours, etc.
A happy employee is a good employee (usually) and they're every companies greatest "asset" and for some reason many companies forget this.