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    If your employees work in the office, you should be there too

    If your business is 100 percent remote and no one has to come in, that’s great. The boss and HR also get to work at home.

    But if you have employees who either have to be in the office every day or who you’ve asked to work in the office, this is where you need to be.

    It turns out that things don’t work out that way. A Future Forum pulse survey found that it’s not the bosses who commute† They report:

    • Non-executive employees are almost twice as likely as executives to work in the office five days a week.
    • Non-executives’ work-life balance scores are now 40% worse than their bosses, falling five times faster than executives in the past quarter.
    • Non-executives also report more than twice as much work-related stress and anxiety as executives.

    If you want your employees to be in the office, that’s the place to be. This is why:

    Without your employees you have no job.

    The conventional wisdom is that employees should thank their bosses for hiring them. While there is logic – since the owners and founders take personal risks when opening a business – the reality is that your business is dead in the water without your employees.

    Never ask your employees to do anything you wouldn’t want to do yourself, including coming to the office.

    If the boss and HR are not in the office, you are not supporting your employees.

    HR managers, especially in a small business, wear a lot of hats, but the most important thing is to make the company more profitable by making sure that employees get the right treatment. If your HR manager is sitting at home while your employees are in the office, it is a sign that the comfort of the HR manager is more important than the well-being of the employees.

    Yes, your HR manager is also an employee, but an absent HR manager won’t do the job right if the employees never see them.

    If you think your employees perform better in the office, why aren’t you there?

    There are good reasons to be in the office, and not everyone works better from home. But what kind of message does it send to your employees when you say, “You work better in the office, but I don’t?”

    Looking at the research results, non-executive employees experience more stress. Could this arrangement be part of that?

    Hybrid is fine, but only if it’s hybrid for everyone.

    If an employee wants to work full-time in the office, that’s fine! But if you and your HR employee want to work part of the time in the office and sometimes from home, everyone else needs that option too.

    If your company has people who absolutely need to be on-site (manufacturing, retail, healthcare, etc.), then the management team and HR person need to be on-site more often. You do not support or lead your team from your home office.

    You may think you worked hard to be the boss, and now you deserve this perk, but bosses make more money precisely because their job is more challenging. Treat your employees as you would like to be treated yourself. If you want to work from home, they can too.

    The opinions expressed here by todaybusinessupdates.com columnists are their own, not todaybusinessupdates.com’s.

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