Would great tech entice you back to the office?
While some tech companies across the pond are resorting to drastic measures to get staff back in the office, with Amazon bosses reportedly telling managers they can fire anyone who won’t return to the office three days per week, their UK counterparts have taken a less aggressive stance.
Studies found UK workers spend the least amount of time in the office at 34% compared to 50% of workers globally.
While remote work undoubtedly has its benefits — commuting times are slashed to zero, daily spend is less and the burden of childcare is eased — being in the physical presence of your colleagues also has its merits and recent analysis by Gallup found that workplaces with strong interpersonal bonds perform better and also have lower staff turnover.
So, what can tech companies do to lure their staff back into the office? It turns out free meals, unlimited snacks and hammocks in meeting rooms aren’t enough anymore and some tech companies are transforming their office spaces to make in-office work more collaborative and efficient via the latest advances in tech.
For example, Dropbox has converted its US headquarters into “Dropbox Studios”, a collection of collaborative spaces aimed at facilitating employee engagement via in-person meetings and brainstorming sessions so that deep focus work can be done at home.
“While remote work is now the primary mode for day-to-day interactions at Dropbox, we recognised that human connection can’t be fully recreated virtually,” the company explained on its website.
It added: “Studios are meant for in-person teamwork and strengthening connections with colleagues, as empathy is such a valued part of our company culture.”
At Zoom, offices in London, Denver, Sydney, Amsterdam and San Jose have been redesigned with connection in mind and this encompasses the technology it has on site.
“As we adapt our workspaces at Zoom, we’re working to leverage and evolve our technology stack to streamline on-site operations and help ensure we stay at the cutting edge of innovation,” Alana Collins, head of Real Estate and Workplace shared on the company’s website.
Whatever your current work situation, finding the right fit, whether that’s fully remote or hybrid is essential, and if your existing employer is enforcing a working style that jars with your productivity and personal preference, it could be time to start looking for your next role.
The TechInformed Job Board is the ideal place to start your search as it features thousands of listings in companies that are actively hiring, such as the three below.
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Are you a tech enthusiast looking for an exciting role in a vibrant, collaborative environment? Adwanted UK is on the hunt for an enthusiastic systems engineer who is proficient in Linux, AWS and networking infrastructure. As a key member of the TechOps team, you will play a vital role in supporting and maintaining web based B2B solutions and internal technical services. This role is a mix of server and network administration, with a dash of staff desktop support and from supporting live client-facing applications to collaborating with the development and operations teams on product development projects. Check out the full job description here.
Apprentice – Data Science, British Airways, Heathrow
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