The decision of Yahoo's CEO, Marissa Mayer, to bring remote workers back into the office has caused quite a stir among company leaders and the media. While the announcement shocked many, Mayer is not the first exec to reel workers back onto company property.
Last year, Bank of America, which had a popular work-from-home policy, decided to nix it and ask employees to come into the office every workday, according to The New York Times.
The big question now is whether employee productivity and innovation depends on where people work. Being around others frequently can be beneficial to collaboration, which is a key component to nearly every successful business.
Asking workers to come into the office doesn't have to be comparable to pulling teeth. Business leaders can encourage employees to work onsite by making the office landscape more appealing.
Creating a desirable atmosphere doesn't have to cost businesses a fortune. Simple changes like redesigning the layout, adding color and replacing some business furniture are great places to start.
Employees who are comfortable are more likely to enjoy working in the office. Consider investing in ergonomic chairs to ensure workers get the right back, neck, shoulder and arm support. To limit spending on these items, managers should shop for used office furniture to avoid skimping on quality.
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