Five Mistakes When Implementing Return To Office And How To Avoid Them

Stop employees signing up for job alerts, critical talent walking out the door to join rivals and manager burnout-even when it's your CEO pushing for RTO because they think it will improve productivity
LONDON - March 12, 2024 - PRLog -- In response to the challenges faced by people managers as they navigate return-to-office (RTO) mandates, The People Space has interviewed HR leaders to discover the five biggest mistakes commonly made, why they are happening – and how to fix them.

As companies strive to balance productivity with employee satisfaction in a post-pandemic world, the need for a nuanced approach to RTO mandates has never been more critical. Yet organizations are typically rushing in without considering the evidence and how to successfully manage RTO.

The mistakes are:

Mistake #1: Not being able to explain the 'why'. This results in plunging employee morale and mass disengagement.

Mistake #2: Forcing a 'one-size fits all' approach. Do this and it's likely your critical talent will leave.

Mistake #3: Not helping leaders manage expectations. If you don't you risk manager burnout and confusion.

Mistake #4: Not being intentional about office use/redefining use of office. Not considering this leaves organizations with costly, underused office space.

Mistake #5: Not evolving RTO policies. The result is misalignment with the evolving needs and expectations of employees and failure to attract talent.

Drawing on nearly two decades of experience as an HR editor, Siân Harrington, editorial director, The People Space, has gathered these lessons into a free 5-day email course that addresses the common pitfalls and provides 27 actionable steps HR professionals can implement immediately to ensure a smooth and effective transition to RTO.

"HR pros are overwhelmed at the moment and this is just exacerbated by conflict between executives and employees when it comes to returning to the office. I've looked at the latest evidence and distilled interviews with a large number of HR directors and academics into a concise, five-day educational email course that can be consumed in a few minutes every day," says Siân. "This course is not just about avoiding mistakes; it's about fostering an environment where employees feel valued and engaged and where companies can thrive."

Who Should Enroll:

This course is essential for HR professionals, managers and organizational leaders tasked with designing and implementing return-to-office strategies. Whether you are looking to improve existing policies or starting from scratch, this course offers valuable insights and practical steps to create a more engaged and productive workplace.

Enrollment Information:

This email course is available now and free to enroll. Sign up at to start receiving your daily course content directly to your inbox.

Nigel Pritchard, The People Space
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