$178k-a-year manager at the U.K.'s financial regulator ordered back to the office by judge, who agreed WFH is detrimental to her work
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A judge in the UK has ruled that working in-person has clear benefits in promoting rapid discussion and non-verbal communication, according to a recent ruling. This ruling came in response to a case where an employee requested to permanently work remotely and was denied by their managers. The judge stated that remote work hampers fast-paced exchanges and the ability to observe and respond to non-verbal communication outside of formal events.
It is the experience of many who work using technology that it is not well suited to the fast-paced interplay of exchanges which occur in, for example, planning meetings or training events when rapid discussion can occur on topics.
The ruling highlights an ongoing debate in the workplace about remote work. While some CEOs, like Goldman Sachs' CEO, dismiss working from home as the 'new normal' and advocate for employees to return to the office, flexible work arrangements have been beneficial for certain segments of the workforce. However, this ruling brings attention to the weaknesses of remote work in terms of promoting rapid discussion and non-verbal communication.
The ability to observe and respond to non-verbal communication...forms an important part of working with other individuals.
Read at Fortune Europe
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