If you’re reading this while working remotely, Elon Musk is judging you.
In a recent interview with CNBC, the tech CEO came down hard on work-from-home culture, saying he thinks it’s “morally wrong.”
Musk, who told Tesla workers last year to return to the office or “depart Tesla,” has long been vocal about his belief that people are more productive in person. However, on Tuesday, he said it’s not only about productivity, it’s also a “moral issue.”
Leadership is a dynamic and constantly evolving field. As the world changes, so do the challenges that leaders face.
Throughout 2023, leaders will face new and unique challenges that will require them to adapt and innovate. In this article, I will outline five of these challenges and suggest practical steps that leaders can take to address them.
Amid looming economic instability and widespread layoffs, bosses are ordering their workers back to the office. Does it mark a permanent return to in-person work?
In January, Disney employees received a memo from CEO Bob Iger. Like other entertainment conglomerates, the media giant had been operating a hybrid-working policy, in which teams were allowed to work remotely twice a week. However, Iger explained in the memo, the company was now reversing course, mandating a four-day return to office beginning in March.
“As you’ve heard me say many times, creativity is the heart and soul of who we are and what we do at Disney,” he wrote. “And in a creative business like ours, nothing can replace the ability to connect, observe and create with peers that comes from being physically together, nor the opportunity to grow professionally by learning from leaders and mentors.”
When it comes to the best in simple and effective cloud-based telecommunications, not many technologies can compete with Microsoft Team. Workspaces are changing drastically, with many arguments still being made both for and against remote or hybrid working. In any case, what is abundantly clear is we need to adapt whether we are for or against the new environment.
Furthermore, Microsoft Teams offers the perfect environment to share ideas and collaborate regardless of location. Geographical restrictions are a thing of the past thanks to remote working technologies that remove these barriers. But of course it’s all well and good having Teams – how can choose the best Microsoft Teams devices and get the most out of them for your business?
Working from home has its benefits, but there is no denying that staying motivated and in a hard working mindset can be tough when you are able to work from the comfort of your own house. Whether you work in real estate or do remote work for a medical clinic like ThriveMD, finding the motivation to stay productive, finish projects, and meet deadlines without working in the confines of a traditional office can be tough. Now that working remotely or in hybrid roles is fairly normalized in the workplace, here are a few ways to stay motivated while working from home.
Many businesses have moved from using on-premise software to cloud computing. However, if you haven’t done it, it may be time to consider it so as not to be left out by the competition. Cloud computing allows access to data anywhere using any device connected to the internet. The continuously increasing internet speed makes it possible for users to use the service whether they are in the office, at home, in the field, or even while on the road. Here are the cloud computing benefits and why your business should utilize the cloud.
It allows remote work
As mentioned, users can access data in any location with a stable internet connection. It offers flexibility, as employees can work remotely. The pandemic increased the number of people working from home. Although many are back in the office setup, some companies still allow remote or hybrid work. Your staff will be happier with the flexibility of the work setup, making them more productive. It also improves employee retention.
Employee engagement has reached frightening lows in just about every industry, which understandably has leaders deeply worried and looking for answers to see them through the Great Reshuffle. All of this trouble started, so the logic often goes, when the pandemic forced many into remote work and we stopped being together. Surely bringing people back to working side by side and returning to in-person gatherings like learning events is the magical solution. Right?
Not quite. For starters, surveys consistently show that people are looking for more flexibility and choice about where they work, not less. The ability to work remotely has become more valued than ever before, and that’s not going away, particularly given that these trends are significantly stronger among younger workers.
The rise of remote working was swift during the height of the pandemic, at first due to necessity and later due to many workers preferring to keep working from home.
Even now that we can return to the office in person, many businesses have retained at least some remote working. There is a variety of hybrid work models that allow staff to spend various amounts of days working from home and the rest in the office, and it might seem like we’ve hit a sweet spot for that work/life balance we’re all trying to achieve.
However, remote working does have some drawbacks. Virtual building designers RedRex recently conducted some research into these drawbacks to discover the real costs of remote work, and there is some interesting insight to be gained from their results.
Tesla boss Elon Musk has ordered staff to return to the office full-time, declaring that working remotely is no longer acceptable.
The new policy was shared in emails that were leaked to social media.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment on the messages, one of which appeared to be addressed to executives.
People who are unwilling to abide by the new rules can “pretend to work somewhere else” Mr Musk said on Twitter, when asked about the policy.
“Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week,” he wrote in one of the emails. “If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.”
Employee engagement isn’t easy. However, it becomes even more elusive when you experience the same challenges in a completely remote environment. As a co-founder of an employee engagement platform, I had a front seat to the moment when the whole world collectively went into a sudden lockdown, engagement levels plummeted, and companies scrambled to come up with a solution to engage their newly remote workforce.
Many believe that these days of remote working are limited, but I strongly disagree. While it’s tempting to think that these recent trends will only last as long as the world is still recovering from Covid-19, a McKinsey study says more than half of workers would like to work from home at least three days a week after the pandemic, and nearly a third say they would like to work remotely full time. Meanwhile, with the outpouring of support for the Great Resignation from employers, it is clear that some form of remote work or teleworking will be a permanent part of our future.