[Video] What if your team (and you) don’t want to come back to the office but you have no choice?

[Video] What if your team (and you) don’t want to come back to the office but you have no choice? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

What do you do if your organization has decided that everyone is coming back to the office and your people don’t want to come?

And what if you feel the same way?

One of the most challenging times to manage is when you get stuck between a company decision (that you may not agree with) and your people.

It’s not an easy thing to navigate, but there is a path through it.


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4 comments
  • Jeanne Molloy

    Thanks for the talk. The struggle with coming back to the office is their mandating the experimental vaccines. I would be much more comfortable with an approved protocol but that timing is not working. Thanks again.

  • Jamie Kezeor

    Jason – love this post. Though I haven’t found myself in this spot w/regards to returning to work, there are times when I’ve disagreed with a mandate and have felt stuck on how to proceed. But reiterating that, as managers, we’re here to execute is exactly correct. I get a sense of freedom when I think about it that way – control what you can, accept what you can’t, and support the team. Rinse and repeat.

  • Penelope Orr

    awesome video article. “what if your team doesn’t want to come back to the office but you have no choice.” i appreciated the talking point. super concise to start with get another job or make it work.

  • Susan M. Davis

    This IS hard to hear. Yet, it IS the truth. Many people are thrilled to be back in the office again. Others are not. I think many companies see the mandatory return as a necessary reset for everyone right now. However, I think in the short-term we will also see some people shuffling jobs so they can work at home and others so they can be in an office setting full-time. However, my hope is that over the long-term people will see the value and flexibility in a hybrid model as well. This increases work-life balance, reduces stress, eliminates commute time, ensures time for quiet productivity, and brings a host of other personal and professional values to the workplace. Keeping employees happy is ultimately best for companies and their bottom lines.

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