Super U Podcast | Working Remote
On today’s podcast episode, Erik sits down and discusses the pros and cons of working remotely. Through the lens of an employee or employer, Erik shares the facts on what working from home can do.
5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is also the inventor of the bestselling family game Kittycorn.
Need a sneak peek? Below are the main takeaways from the episode.
Super U Podcast | Working Remote
“Myth number one generation Z wants to work from home, I say false. This is all qualitatively back but what I am seeing from an organization is a young people want to come into the office, which makes sense they get to meet people, there’s often free food, they give them something to do, they’re social animals, they can connect also, more than likely they probably live near the office. So I live here in Austin, Texas. Where’s Facebook headquartered? Where’s Tiktok? Where’s Google? Where are their main offices, they are in the heart of downtown, which is often walkable for the younger generation that happens to live downtown, some can’t because it’s expensive to live downtown. So they’re outside. So that’s not true. What I’m saying is not true for everyone. But what we’re seeing qualitatively is actually the younger generation wants to be in the office.
Now, historically, I haven’t looked at the data recently. But historically, and we haven’t seen what the change is probably too soon to see what the effect is of the pandemic in our change in work-life balance, but generally speaking, 50% of us meet our significant other at the workplace. So it makes sense, that the younger you are, the more likely you are not married yet, you’re going to meet your significant other at the workplace. So anyways, don’t hear it from me, I want to hear it firsthand from Gen Z, or Jacob Cohen:
“A couple reasons, because the office, to be honest, is not full. So it’s not like I’m going in to sit around a floor full of people. I’m really just going in to get out. I like you said, I am Gen Z, I was in college during peak COVID times and had to take basically a year’s worth of classes through zoom. And let me tell you, it getting sucked… but the flexibility of remote work is fantastic. And the interesting part of this whole thing is there are going to be people who say they’re more productive at home, they’re going to be people who say they’re more productive in the office, they’re going to be leaders who say that their workers are more productive in the office. And they’re going to be leaders who say that that’s not the case. The hard part of this is it really changes company to company, culture to culture, role to role, team to team, and person to person. And that’s why you’re seeing so many challenges now because there’s not one right answer. At the beginning, it was remote work is here to stay, then it was like no hybrid is actually the greatest thing ever. And now it’s like wait a second. It’s just in-person like we used to be doing it the right way to do it. And these companies just don’t know what to do. And like you said, it was a workers market for the last couple of years that could be switching soon. You know, they had all the pull in terms of flexibility and benefits and everything. And who wouldn’t want to work from home for a couple of years? It’s great. But now a couple of years later, some people don’t want to go back in and some people don’t. And so it’s just interesting to see how this develops.”
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The Super U Podcast is hosted by #1 bestselling author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman.