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New incentives could boost satisfaction with in-person work, but few employers are making changes

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By WYATTE GRANTHAM-PHILIPS

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As usual the sclerotic HR department is the problem.

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Additional pay topped the list across respondents whether they were working in-person, remotely (44%) or in hybrid (50%) roles. However, just 4% of HR representatives whose companies have introduced new policies to get employees back to the workplace say that higher compensation is among them.

Employees who are already going into the office — either entirely or part-time — indicated that other incentives such as commuter benefits, in-office childcare, free food and social gatherings could also add at least “some” more satisfaction with returning to the office.

I don't know, maybe this is just me but more pay which is likely a minor bump won't really entice me considering all the other massive benefits of working from home. The extra time saved is just too precious.

*in-office childcare :** *Do I really want to be taking my child onto those morning commuting trains? Unless I live next door to my company, I would say pass on this one.

free food and social gatherings : Free food is nice, considering it is much cheaper to make lunch at home and any food sold near my office is just too expensive. But with free food comes cost cutting elsewhere so I am skeptical on this.

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In-office childcare would be a major undertaking given child protection regulations. Not likely to happen for most.

Free food, basically a decent office canteen. That's a fairly low cost fix, to provide restaurant quality food for staff.

Is it cheaper to work at home? Not now energy prices have shot up.

There are limitations. Many people simply cannot do their job at home. Others have grown to hate Zoom or don't have suitable domestic circumstances.

Is childcare or elder care such an issue? It is expensive, but can you do a job of work whilst being an on-site F/T carer? Not in most cases. The kicking out/banning of migrant labour has impacted most on the care sector, but that is a separate problem with separate solutions. Employers shouldn't be expected to fix a problem created by government.

Surprisingly, there is no clear cut total emissions benefit from WFH. Everyone has their own set-up, and may be using more or less energy at home than they would be commuting and in work.

There are also security and insurance issues letting data out of the office environment. But if you can offer flexibility, it is a good idea. It might allow you to grab some quality staff from competitors.

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Remote work is great.

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Flex-time was something I was given twenty years ago here in Japan by my department since my job on some days required about ten hours of work but on others just a few was necessary.

Once the HR department found out my situation, they took it away from me and it really made my work difficult (and needless to say unhappy).

Flex-time, four-day work weeks, and hybrid options for at-home or at-office work being made available to employees will create much happier and productive employees than forcing all to work in the office again. It's just not necessary nor desired.

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Return to office to keep commercial real estate market afloat?

I think ..... not.

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Return to the office to keep HR employed?

Hell yeah! Love those folks.

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