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Technically Talkin Tuesday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s TUESDAY…Technically.
Yesterday, I found a great question posted on Linkedin.
A bit of backstory.
See, there is this conversation going on about if employees should be given the choice to work remote or they need to come into the office. Like pre-pandemic (although, Technically, we are still IN the pandemic).
Elon Musk made it clear that he wants his employees to return to the office.
Then, there is another TikTok that shows a congresswoman grilling the head of the American Enterprise Institute (a think tank) that wants his employees to return to the office, 100%, while he works remote and has been working remote even before COVID. I think it’s the head of the treasury or something.
The question was why allow managers to work from home and not the factory workers?
On the surface, seems obvious. Factory workers keep the factory running. Keep the product coming out for consumption. Keep profit coming in. Get downsized on a whim whenever numbers don’t appear to be making it. Probably by a person that is allowed to work remote.
See, Technically, if you fancy yourself as being a leader, you need to be where the people are that you are leading. My opinion.
You need to be engaged with them and be present with them. So, if you lead or manage employees on a factory floor or a service industry, you need to prepare and get back to the office.
Now, there are jobs in this economy that do not make a physical item. Tangible that you can touch. Ours here in Good Ol’ ‘Murica, despite what many think, is a KNOWLEDGE economy. Meaning lots of our economy is based on the product of our minds. It does not require a factory. It requires a means of communication to get that idea out to the world.
AEI is that kind of business. It’s a “think tank.” Meaning it generates ideas. It has no need for it’s employees to return to the office other than to make it seem like the building lease was a good idea.
For Tesla and Elon, first, it’s his company. Fine. Should his employees come back to the office? In my opinion, if they have a bunch of factory workers that leave their families on a daily basis and come to the factory, then, YES. It does not matter the job. Basically, I am saying Elon is correct in his stance about getting his employees back to the office.
Why should there be a discrepancy between Blue and White Collar workers in a company? There shouldn’t.
A reference rule: If you have Blue Collar Workers (worker bees) you’re justified in bringing employees back to the office. If you have no Blue Collar Workers you are NOT justified.
I’m just saying
That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember if an egg hides, it’s…CHICKEN! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…cock a doodle dooo!