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Does Your Team Actually Want To Return To The Office?

May 18, 2021

Remote Working, Team Management, Workplace Culture

Here we are - the big question - do you recall your team back into the office, do you let them roam wild and free at home, or do you meet them somewhere in an organised middle? It’s a big decision. After a year of working remotely - without all the benefits that normally come with remote working - everyone has a much clearer opinion on what works best for them.

So, when it comes to making this decision, it shouldn’t be something that you take lightly or do alone. This affects everyone, so you should ask everyone - and Wundamail is the answer to that.

At its core, it’s a simple question: where do you want to work? It demands a simple answer. No hour long Zoom calls offering up pros and cons. No sit down meetings where team members tell you what they think you want to hear out of fear or uncertainty. It needs a no fuss, no frills solution that gives an instant overview of what your team is thinking and Wundamail is absolutely the way to gauge the feelings in the room - wherever that room might be.

Wundamail allows you to ask a daily question to your entire team, they respond and it gets compiled into one easy to digest email that is circulated to everyone in the team. No crossed wires, no lengthy email threads, and no long video calls where you can’t remember what was said. What that question is depends entirely on you and the needs of your team on any given day. Sometimes it might be “What did you achieve today?”, it might be “Give 3 content titles for X project”, or it might even be more lighthearted and engagement driven “What did you have for lunch today?”

So, when it comes to getting a quick temperature check from your team on a hot button issue, such as future working plans, Wundamail is the way to go about it. 

The thing is that because everyone has an equal opportunity to share their views, their opinions, it creates an inclusive environment where every voice matters. No one is shouting over anyone. No one is laughing at your point of view. There’s accountability here, this is a platform for you to be heard by your entire team and your boss, and it’s noticeable if you don’t contribute. There’s no excuse for team members to feel like they’re not being heard. 

It also serves as invaluable research for managers and bosses - you know on a daily basis what the mood is, how the land lies, and where employees are at. It’s quick, it’s painless and you can refer back to it at any time, unlike one-to-one meetings or video calls. 

So, where does your team want to work from in the future? Realistically there are three options. Full time back in the office, remote full time, or a couple of days in the office a week. 

That’s it, that’s your daily question - send it out and get the answers you need to help inform your decision. As a boss you might love working remotely, love the lack of overheads and flexibility, but if your team struggles to function and thrive in that similar environment, forcing them to work that way isn’t going to be conducive to a productive - or happy - working environment. 

One simple question, one email of collated answers, solution found. No faff, no frills, just collaborative results when you need them most. So, what are you waiting for, there’s a 14 day free trial with your name on it...

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