What Bosses Really Think About Returning to the Office
There was a scene in the movie Good Will Hunting in which Bradley Cooper plays a successful, successful young businessman who is unable to find a job in his field. That is, he is a highly-qualified CEO of an international company whose executives and customers admire his skill and integrity, but his peers are unable to find him a job, and he feels trapped.
In the middle of his despair, he comes across a small, successful company in his home town. His life is changed forever, and he takes up the task of finding those in his position a job. Through his career he becomes a manager at a large international company, and it’s from this experience he feels the most freedom and power. As he begins to rise through the corporate ranks, he becomes more and more successful in his field, and he is able to find those who can take on jobs he knows he can do, but is unable to find himself.
How does this play out in your life? I asked myself this question recently, while reading a magazine article about the business world. I thought for a moment, and then I asked my wife Elizabeth. It came out one sentence: “I feel like if Bosses Just Let Their Employees Return to the Office, Bosses Would be So Happy.”
The answer turned out to be so simple. We think employers need to let us back to the workplace; instead they want us to stay where we are and leave the decision up to us.
So we need to do what we need to do, to be good employers. To let us go back to the office when we need to, but also to let us stay where we are and go wherever our talents take us, when we need to.
In my career, I have learned that when I have been given the task of managing a team of people (myself included), I like to go to the office and I am not afraid to make the decision to let them go back to work when they need to. I think employers, too, have that same willingness to let their team go back to work when their needs are fulfilled. After all, there is safety in numbers.