Our friends in OZ are opening up and actually going back to work. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Dell’s operations in Australia are welcoming their employees back into the office and the workers are loving it.
It seems that people who have been locked out of their offices for the past year have been looking forward to actually face to face meetings. You can’t do the same job over zoom and these folks know it.
There is no substitution for creativity around the water cooler, or actually seeing how someone reacts to your comment, good or bad. I note that in our office, people sometimes tend to hang out in other offices, discussing issues, making decisions, and frankly gossiping.
A lot of information flows with this face to face informal meetings. The folks at Dell in Australia are finding that as life gets back to ‘normal’ creativity and productivity works best face to face.