When an organization operates with a butts-in-seats culture, it’s subconsciously telling employees that “it’s not what you achieve but how long you sit in front of your computer that matters.”
The truth is, this butt-in-seat mentality does not necessarily equal productivity. The reality is that if you want employees to be productive and creative, they need to be balanced and content. For many people, especially after having gotten a taste of it in 2020 and now 2021, this means working more flexibly, following a schedule that best suits them.
While many people – and organizations – believe that the typical 9-to-5 workdays are over, what with remote working allowing for more flexibility around work schedules, there are a few companies planning for physical office re-entry.
Take Google, for example; this spring, it told its staffers that it’s accelerating plans to get people back in the office ahead of its initial September 1 return deadline.
If the hopes are that we will all get back to the way things were, the fact of the matter is that employees and companies alike know that remote work does indeed work, and there is no going back to the way things were before the pandemic.
Here are the reasons why getting “bums on seats” won’t guarantee productivity in the office.