Yahoo CEO’s move to call virtual workers back to their offices, and Best Buy’s declaration that employees who work-from-home need to talk with their bosses about how to make the arrangement successful
A client of ours enacted norms around email usage and re-set expectations, resulting in a 15% reduction in email volume after 6 months
I think we’re going to see more companies with bold and sometimes unpopular policies about how people communicate and work together.
Since self-policing and good judgment are in short supply inside many organizations, the result I believe will be more rules and guidelines that set expectations with employees. In many cases, this has been long overdue.
It’s human nature that most people rise to the occasion when expectations are set, and most senior leaders think employees “get” their (unarticulated) expectations: “They know what I expect,” I often hear. “Really? Have you asked them? How do you know for sure?”
All that said, I still believe one of the best ways to address misbehaviors in the workplace is by each of us to coach others in a kind and caring way. Someone working on their computer during a face-to-face meeting? Speak up. Someone using their cell phone during a business lunch? Speak up.
What have you left unsaid when it comes to misbehaviors in the workplace?
- David Grossman
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