In the ever-evolving landscape of work and office culture, some employees seem to be pushing back against returning to the office as mandated by their employers. EY, one of the world’s leading consulting firms, has turned to data to monitor their staff’s office attendance closely. They are tracking this through turnstile access data and swipe card entry data to monitor how frequently their employees adhere to the requirement of coming into the office twice a week as part of their hybrid working policy. Surprisingly, at least 50% of some EY teams do not follow this rule.
Even more interesting is that this data might be tied to employees’ mid-year performance ratings, creating a connection between office attendance and professional evaluations. However, EY seems to be taking a more positive approach to this situation, using the statistics as a motivational tool rather than a punitive one. They aim to encourage their teams to align with the hybrid working policies willingly.
This trend of monitoring and enforcing office attendance is not unique to EY. Other financial services and consultancy firms like Citigroup and JPMorgan have implemented strict return-to-office mandates, with some even considering disciplinary actions for employees who consistently fail to meet in-office quotas. The boss of another major firm, PWC, has also weighed in, suggesting that junior workers must be in the office more frequently due to the potential threat of AI taking over parts of their jobs……….[read more]
How do you think the increasing emphasis on monitoring office attendance and enforcing in-office quotas by companies like EY, Citigroup, and JPMorgan will impact the future of work, especially for younger professionals entering the job market?
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