Why do managers want workers to go back to the office?

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com, or follow me on Twitter.

Posted on Twitter: “Hiring remote talent means they’ll execute whatever you ask of them.”

My response: What work should these workers do? Only in the most authoritarian and top-down approach to leadership do the leaders make 100% of the decisions about what the workers should do. It’s true that new workers, just out of college, need a lot of guidance, but if we are talking about someone with experience, whether they are designers or marketers or software engineers or accountants or lawyers or logistics operatives, typically the manager depends on that worker to offer an education about what is important. A talented a designer will educate a manager about design. A talented marketer will educate a manager about marketing. Unless the manager is an absolute dictator, the manager will rely on the worker to offer an education that can shape goals and milestones. This is, I think, one reason why managers want workers back in the office, because it is easier to get an education when your teacher is in the room with you.