I read with interest this blog from Microsoft. https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2020/10/09/embracing-a-flexible-workplace/ It is really interesting that the issues are very personal and this is because there are lots of technology solutions available. This means that we need to be more people-focused than ever.
When I consult with people on their IT I will often say to them “in an ideal world what do you want your solution to do”. The fact is that whatever people think of in an ideal situation there is a technology that can accommodate. Therefore when speaking with employees about working from home and remote working we should ask them the same question as a starting point. “In an ideal world how would you like to work”.
Obviously, we cannot always do exactly what people want, starting with an ideal scenario is the point, otherwise, we start to limit ourselves based on our perception of technology and environments.
What is right for one person is not right for everyone. Just imagine a workforce where everyone has an environment and work routine that they love AND that suits the organisation. It could be very powerful for your results, your team, your relationship and your processes. The classic Win-Win.