Humanity at Work: Returning to the Office

Jonathan Atwood

Part I

Part II

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This fall, employees around the world will return to offices and desks they may not have seen for 18+ months. Not only will they face a physical transition—trading familiar work-from-home routines for workspaces that will either look like time capsules or be redesigned to accommodate distancing—but many will face mental and emotional barriers. Returning to offices and the human-to-human interactions they enable will be a reminder of just how much has changed since the pandemic started.

It’s important that employers get this transition right, and purpose will play a critical role. To talk about the realities of returning to in-office work, and the need for empathy and humanity in the process, we welcomed to the show Jonathan Atwood, a former global communications head at Unilever, provocateur, and champion for the voice of employees.

Listen to this special two-part episode for Jon’s insights on:

  • How his personal journey led him to be radically vulnerable with colleagues, in turn providing them with the space to have honest conversations at work
  • How employers can navigate the return-to-office period with humility and transparency, and how purpose can act as a compass for decision-making
  • The watch-outs surrounding this transition, including the reality that millions of front line employees never left their essential roles
  • Why and how creating space for open communication and sharing can empower employees to bring their personal purpose to work, for the benefit of the entire organization

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