The problem of how a post-pandemic workplace functions is one we are addressing with many of our client partners. It is a complex problem, spanning issues of physical place, technology, policy, and human behavior.
Many organizations consider their employee base a constant when developing future-of-work solutions. Discussions revolve around manager preference for in-person work vs. staff preference for remote work, how large of a technology stipend should we give remote workers, how should we reconfigure our office space to support collaborative activity.
But what if staff donʻt plan on returning - in person or remotely?
A recent global survey by McKinsey and Co. identified a trend that is changing the calculus for return-to-work decision making. Attrition is increasing across industries, and isn't showing any signs of slowing down.
Of particular note, the option to work remotely is fueling a significant percentage of "relocations" - people taking jobs in different cities from where they currently live:
For the full study results please visit https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/great-attrition-or-great-attraction-the-choice-is-yours
We can use this information to help reshape our solutions to focus on staff retention and acquisition. By redefining the problem we are developing solutions that will build a stable, productive, and resilient workforces.
MKThink works at the intersection of people, place and environment. As we encounter unanticipated externalities we re-think these relationships. Let us work with you to examine your possible futures and how you can play an active role in shaping it. To find out more, contact us.