Boss reveals question he won’t ask employees

A boss is going viral for sharing a common workplace question he doesn’t ask his employees.

It’s no secret that the way people work has changed since the pandemic, and no one can agree whether that’s good or bad.

Working from home has become routine but controversial, with some employers happy to have workers out of the office and others desperate to get staff back to their desks.

It also led to many new questions. How many days can I work from home? Where can I work if there is no office? And how often do I need to come for a face-to-face interview?

Each workplace has its own rules, and employees usually advocate for flexibility in their individual cases.

But one boss has shaken things up by revealing he doesn’t care where his employees work from and why.

Tom Hunt is the CEO of Fame, a UK-based B2B podcast company.

He shared a story on LinkedIn about a team member who asked if she could work from another country for six weeks.

“She went on to explain why … I jump in: ‘It’s all right; I don’t need to know why. “You decide how the job gets done,” he wrote.

“A different country every month? All right. Working from the garden? All right. Do you have a few hours to spare for a doctor’s appointment? All right. Working at Wetherspoons after taking the kids to school? All right.”

The response garnered more than 300,000 responses and 9,000 comments.

Mr Hunt explained that he did not think employees owed their jobs an explanation of why they needed flexibility.

Online, his opinion was met with much appreciation from those who value flexibility and don’t want to be tied to a desk or even a country.

“Your life is your life. We don’t keep track of time; we follow the exit. And we trust you to fulfill them. Flexible working is the future,” wrote one.

“Yes! This is exactly the kind of work environment many of us need,” added another.

“I absolutely agree! Your approach highlights the importance of trust and flexibility in the modern workplace. By focusing on results rather than rigid schedules, you’ll empower team members to find their most productive and balanced way of working,” said one.

There were also many people who disagreed and thought the idea was better in theory than in practice.

“Your thought process is correct. It is dangerous to have employees working from home with no interaction other than groups or zooming. All my best ideas came from experience and sitting at a desk that encouraged thinking about real life scenarios,” claimed one.

“If that were true, telecommuting wouldn’t suffer so much. In theory yes, but in practice managers want to see their employees,” another emphasized.

“Unfortunately, I disagree, unless you have good production metrics, telecommuting doesn’t work,” wrote one.

Brett McAllen, CEO of Workspaces, believes that coming to the office shouldn’t be completely obsolete, as it can have significant benefits for your career.

“The cooling effect of water is alive and well in most workspaces. “Whether you’re running into others in the kitchen or catching up on a coffee break, this is where most of the conversations about what’s going on in the office, i.e. new jobs,” he said.

Mr McAllen said this is still a way of building core relationships and cannot be achieved working from home.

He explained that he believes that working in an office involves a level of “immersion” that you can’t achieve from the living room.

“When the office is extremely busy with big projects or looming deadlines, the energy, buzz and excitement is palpable. People exchange ideas, bounce ideas around, bounce ideas off each other,” he said.

“The workplace becomes a place of innovation and spontaneity. This is difficult to achieve when working from home.”

Instead, Mr. McAllen believes you need to tune in if you want to get to the bottom of what’s going on.

“When you work in an office, you work in the center of the action; you are immersed in and part of the activity,” he added.

“You are present at key moments in the workplace. The perception is that if you are at work, you are more in touch with the organization and aligned with it.”

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