You’re Fired! A Bricks & Mortar Versus Virtual Debate

Posted on February 7, 2023


EDITOR’S NOTE: In the opening line to his post on LinkedIn, Larry Leung, CSCMP wrote the following: “A source of much angst and frustration around the Return to Office (RTO) is a decrease in autonomy.” The following is my response to his post. What do you think?

While I will leave it to experts like Iain Campbell McKenna to provide his take on the virtual versus physical office debate Larry, your post reminded me of another “cast in granite” work axiom – “cradle to grave” employment.

When I started working, I was told that if you change jobs more than once in your career, it is a sign of irresponsibility and immaturity. In procurement today, the average new hire lasts an average of 18 months. Besides their main job – which is fluid, people have 2 to 3 side hustles going on simultaneously. The latter has become the new normal. My point is that leadership’s rigid adherence to the former versus adopting a more progressive mindset reflecting present reality will undermine an organization’s competitive edge.

By the way, a Nov. 2022 Forbes article reports that “on average, remote work productivity was over 7% higher than in-office productivity.”

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Bill Michels also has an interesting post on LinkedIn that is worth checking out:

So, what do you think? Do procurement professionals need to work from a physical office, or is a remote work environment more productive?

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