How the mandatory ‘back-to-office’ push is killing your talent retention, attraction... and your carbon footprint too!

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Here at ARM our workforce is 100% hybrid - it may have taken a pandemic but we’ve seen the error of our ways and have seen the benefits both on the performance of the business and our talent retention in our post-pandemic workforce. 

Side note: if you’re recruiter who wants to work for an agency who offers a true hybrid working arrangement we’d love to hear from you  - you can see our current vacancies here.

We’re truly hybrid too - we’ve upgraded tech, and embraced the hybrid culture - removing the barriers and the expectations. Collaborative meetings are scheduled with virtual conferencing tech in mind, or taken into consideration the question... ‘what days are you working from home this week?’ out of respect for each other's chosen hybrid working schedules. 

If you’ve been cautious to make the leap to hybrid working we urge you to accelerate forward- it could be costing you talent - and, your ability to achieve net-zero status. Here are a few other reasons why the ‘back-to-office’ push could be hindering your business growth.. 


Retention will be challenging

If you’ve not lost them already - you’re likely to be losing great talent due to your inability to adopt a more agile work environment. If you didn’t know already there's a war for talent and if you have aggressive return-to-office plans your competitors may gazump you with offers for talent that look more appealing to them.  Your employees have had a taste of a more agile working environment and now they want more. 


Hiring new talent is harder 

Not only do you want to do all you can to retain new talent, you want to be attractive and engaging for potential hires too. If you have any roles live right now you know exactly what we mean, there are too few candidates - so your culture and EVP needs to be on-point if you stand a chance of getting the right talent to say yes to your offer. 


Your carbon footprint goals will fall flat 

The commute doesn’t only take a toll on employees, but we can see it’s having a detrimental impact on the environment too.  Hybrid working reduces traffic, but paired with flexible working arrangements it can mean traffic is less overall - allowing those in built-up areas to avoid the hellish commuter hours of the day. 


Your workforce is tired, and under-performing

A lot of our colleagues who take up the opportunity to work remotely (even partially) during the week find they have the mental and physical energy to do things they would ‘put off’ pre-hybrid times.  Working from home, meant that many employees now prioritise mental and physical wellbeing to have healthier lunches, or workout.  When they do come into the office, the energy and drive they have is often ten-fold as a result of this allocation to self-care. 

We’re doing all we can to make small, sustainable changes to improve our workforce, and the world of work as a whole.  Myself? - I  cycle to work (much to the amusement of my peers) most days which I’ve found to have had a tremendous impact on my own wellbeing, as well as the small change for the world we live in too.

We partner with our clients to help them find the best talent possible to drive their business forward – If you’d like to learn more about the specialist and niche markets we recruit in you can find out more here.