Boss reveals question he won’t ask employees

A boss is going viral for sharing a common workplace question he doesn’t ask his employees.

It’s no secret that the way people work has changed since the pandemic, and no one can agree whether that’s good or bad.

Working from home has become routine but controversial, with some employers happy for workers to be away from the office and others desperate for staff to return to their desks.

It also led to many new questions. How many days can I work from home? Where can I work other than the office? And how often should I show up for a face-to-face conversation?

Every workplace has its own rules and employees usually request flexibility based on their individual reasons.

But one boss has shaken things up by revealing he doesn’t care where his employees work from or why.

Tom Hunt is the CEO of Fame, a B2B podcast company based in the UK.

On LinkedIn he shared the story of a team member who asked him if he could work from another country for six weeks.

“He went on to explain why… I interject: ‘It’s okay; I don’t need to know why. “You decide how the work gets done,” she wrote.

“Different country every month? Everything OK. Do you work in the garden? Everything OK. A couple of free hours for a visit to the doctor? Everything OK. Do you work at Wetherspoons after dropping the kids off at school? Everything OK.”

The response garnered more than 300,000 reactions and 9,000 comments.

Mr Hunt explained that he doesn’t think employees owe their workplace explanations as to why they need flexibility.

Online, his opinion has been received with much gratitude by those who value flexibility and don’t want to be tied to a desk or even a country.

“Your life is your life. We don’t track time; we monitor the output. And we trust you to deliver. Flexible working is the future,” one wrote.

“YES! This is exactly the kind of work environment many of us need,” added another.

“Absolutely agree! Your approach highlights the importance of trust and flexibility in the modern workplace. By focusing on results rather than rigid schedules, you enable team members to find the most productive and balanced way of working” , one shared.

There were also many people who disagreed and thought the idea was better in theory than in practice.

“The thought process you have is correct though. Having all employees work from home with no interaction aside from Teams or Zoom is dangerous. All my best ideas come from experiences and sitting around a table provoking reflection in real-life scenarios,” said one.

“If that were true, remote working wouldn’t suffer so much. In theory yes, but in practice managers want to see their employees,” another pointed out.

“Unfortunately I disagree: working remotely doesn’t work unless you have good production measurement,” one wrote.

Brett McAllen, CEO of Workspaces, believes that going into the office shouldn’t become completely obsolete because it can have substantial benefits for your career.

“The water cooler effect is alive and well in most workspaces. Whether you meet others in the kitchen or join each other for a coffee during a break, this is where most conversations about what’s happening in the office – new job opportunities – are focused,” she said.

McAllen said this is still how core relationships are built and is not something you can achieve when working from home.

He explained that he thinks working in an office involves a level of “immersion” that you can’t get from your living room.

“When the office is busy with big projects or upcoming deadlines, the energy, buzz and excitement is palpable. People share ideas, express thoughts, bounce ideas off the cuff,” she said.

“The workplace becomes a place of innovation and spontaneity. This is difficult to achieve when working from home.”

Instead, McAllen believes that intervention is necessary if we want to get to the heart of what is happening.

“When you work in the office, you work in the heart of what is happening; you are immersed and part of the activity,” she added.

“You are present at key moments in the workplace. The perception is that if you are in the workplace, you are more connected and in tune with the organization.”

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