Following Pan Macmillan’s (UK) plans, their US trade and shared services division announced a “hybrid and remote-friendly work model”.
According to the announcement, employees are allowed to “choose the number of days per week they work in the office, or choose to work fully remotely.” This is a pilot program that will allow Macmillan US staff to choose to work remotely (if the kind of work they do allows them to work away from office) till June 30, 2022.
The employees who choose to work from office for three or more days a week will be assigned desks and seating at the office. The Macmillan office is located at 120 Broadway and will reopen on October 18, 2021.
“Given that much of our business is driven by relationships and social interactions that drive creativity and collaboration, there is unquestionable value to the office being the nucleus of our business. With that said, getting the reopening wrong will have the opposite effect. We believe that allowing employees more flexibility to choose how they return and engage with the office in the future will likely make the office more dynamic, more frequently-used, and a stronger hub for our business.”Don Weisberg, CEO, Macmillan
This is thoughtful and careful planning on Macmillan’s part. It allows employees to decide what works the best for them. They can choose to work fully remotely or choose a hybrid model where they work from office for a few days of the week. Having this kind of a flexible working style makes room for everyone. There are no two opposing groups where one is heard and the other is unhappy.
Each employee prefers a different style of working and allowing all the types to choose what they want is a very employee-centric approach. It is only a matter of time before we see the after effects of this neutral decision taken by Macmillan.
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