By  Lucas Mearian

Why even hybrid RTO mandates are hurting overall job satisfaction

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2024-04-01 19:00:04

By Lucas Mearian

Senior Reporter, Computerworld |

Though most companies have settled on return-to-office (RTO) policies now that COVID-19 is no longer considered a global health emergency, many continue to adjust their practices, often to the detriment of their workforce.

Several workforce surveys over the past three months have revealed that employees do not view mandated RTO policies favorably, even when hybrid, because the guidelines are often too rigid.

During the pandemic, employees became comfortable with flexible work arrangements. When people have the chance to work flexibly, 87% of them take it, according to a 2022 study by global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

"Multiple studies confirm these types of [RTO] mandates reduce job satisfaction and employee retention without improving productivity or company performance,” said Jessica Kriegel, chief scientist of workplace culture at management consultancy Culture Partners.

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