The Stress of Going Back to the Office is Getting to Us

Beverly Flaxington is a practice management consultant. She answers questions from advisors facing human resource issues. To submit yours, email us here.

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Dear Bev,

We have been trying to institute a work-from-home (WFH) program post-COVID. It has become a challenge because everyone has a view of how it should be. We’re a 42-person advisory firm and there are 42 different concerns.

I’m in the camp that says don’t allow it at all. We should all return to the office as we did for 17 years (how long our firm has been around). If people want to work from home, they are grown-ups and can do it when they can. Others believe there should be full license to stay home all of the time. Others think it should be earned or used as a reward. Others think we should have a two-day in, three-day off schedule.

We are a collegial team and we have always made decisions in a collaborative manner. But this is tearing us apart.

What are other firms doing to solve for this? I know you’ve written about the transition piece before. But I am less worried about the final decision and more about how this is going to put our team in camps and pit people against one another. Someone in leadership needs to make the decision and then we’re done. But our senior team doesn’t operate that way. They want buy-in and support for decisions.