As work from home and flex work continue to progress, there have been a number of different experiences, challenges, and thoughts from employers who are living this change in work habits in real-time.  Take a look below to see some quotes that were pulled from business owners and C Suite leaders:


— “The talent war is over. Talent won. Ultimately, what humans are telling us is they want choice. If we’re willing to redesign the way we do work, we can get the talent and get the work done and do it on our employees’ terms, which leads to better outcomes,” Ryan said. “It’s a different way of thinking and a fundamental, different skill that should drive better outcomes … [and] a happier, more engaged workforce.”   

PwC U.S. Chairman Tim Ryan.  10/26/22


— “Company executives need to take the time and energy to paint the picture for the rank and file so it doesn’t appear to be an arbitrary exercise of power,”

Janine Yancey, Founder & CEO at EMtrain.  5/13/23


— “Remote working has the risk of making the company/employee relations transactional, so we need to make sure we maintain strong engagement and a consistent culture, which requires a new approach now that we spend less time together,”

Iñaki Berroeta, TPG Telecom Chief Executive Officer.  12/19/22


— “While hybrid work boosts short-term productivity, it can also diminish long-term community and creativity, according to research from Microsoft (LinkedIn’s parent company). With companies on the precipice of an economic downturn, employers will need to adapt to their workers’ needs, according to Bloom, whether that’s creating a single schedule for the whole company or letting teams decide.”

LinkedIn News. 9/20/21


— “You’re gonna work from home and you’re gonna make everyone else who made your car come work in the factory? You’re gonna make people who make your food that gets delivered – they can’t work from home? The people that come fix your house? They can’t work from home, but you can? Does that seem morally right? That’s messed up.”

Elon Musk. 5/17/23


— “It’s a productivity issue, but it’s also a moral issue. People should get off their goddamn moral high horse with this bulls–t because they’re asking everyone else to not work from home while they do. It’s wrong.”

Elon Musk. 5/18/23


— “What I’m finding, quite frankly, is leaders have tools they’ve developed through their careers to measure how productive their employees are–and without a physical workspace, many of those tools are inaccessible,”

Jared Spataro, CVP of Modern Work at Microsoft, tells Fast Company. 9/22/22


— “It turns out that in-person connections with the person that [you] work with are the biggest draw,” says Spataro. “They’re bigger than tacos. The idea that I can actually connect with my coworker really, really matters.”

Jared Spataro, CVP of Modern Work at Microsoft, tells Fast Company. 9/22/22


— “If you can go to a restaurant in New York City, you can come into the office,” Morgan Stanley chief James Gorman said last year. People who want to work from home are in “Jobland,” he said, and they need to be back in the office in “Careerland” to be around colleagues and develop skills.

James Gorman. 9/3/22


— “I do think for a business like ours, which is an innovative, collaborative apprenticeship culture, this is not ideal for us. And it’s not a new normal. It’s an aberration that we’re going to correct as soon as possible.”

Goldman Sachs CEO, David Solomon. 5/19/23





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