今年に入ってから、マンハッタンの弊社オフィスビルのアメリカ企業は通常勤務に戻ってきています。 アメリカの求人はMAXへ。

弊社の求人求職には

直接関係はありませんが、

面白い記事があったので、

下方にリンクを紹介します。 


コーポレートブログなので

控えめに書かなければいけないのですが、

時々自我が出ます笑。 

時々、過激な意見も掲載します。 



2020年3月20日前後に

クオモ知事からの指示で、

弊社のグランドセントラル駅真上の

グレーバービルの

オフィスでの勤務を停止しました。

規制が変わってきて、

オフィスのキャパシティの50%の社員は

オフィス勤務が可能になりました。


弊社のオフィススペースからしたら、

実は30人勤務可能なスペースとされています。

15名までオフィス勤務が可能になり、

弊社は2020年の9月より

時間短縮ではありますが、

主な社員は弊社のマンハッタンオフィスで

勤務しております。 


今年になってから

マンハッタン行きの

Metro North 列車の乗客も

昨年9月の倍以上の

乗客数になっています。









肌で感じる違いは、

2021年1月に入ってからは、

420 Lexington Avenue の

ビルに関して言うと、

午前9時には、

オフィスビルのロビーで

パンデミック前の50%以上の人が

行き交っています。 




エレベーターに乗る人数は

4名までと制限されていますが、

10月、11月、12月と

徐々に増えていき、

アメリカ企業のアメリカ人は、

420Lexington Ave ビルに関しては、

一年前の50%近くの従業員数に

戻っているように思えます。 


アメリカ人の従業員は、

5時まで勤務している人も多く、

5時過ぎのエレベーターは

現在は4名がキャパシティーなので、

空いているCarを待つことになります。



リモートワーク、

テレワークがNew Normと言われている中、

こんなことを言ってしまうと

怒られてしまうかもしれませんが、

日系企業の場合、アメリカ企業に比べて

在宅勤務を容認されている場合が多いようです。 


リモートワーク、テレワークの場合、

従業員のサービスや仕事の質の低下が見込まれます。

問題点を見つけて、その問題点をその場で指示して、

改善を促すことは非常に困難であると思われます。 


一部の職人的な仕事の場合は、

在宅勤務も効率がよくできるのかも知れませんが

所詮、人間は哺乳類ですから、

集団で行動するのが自然です。

機械ではありません。


職場が大きな出会いのチャンスの場であった

独身の男女の従業員等にとっては

在宅だけでは新しい出会いもなく

ストレスも溜まっている方も

多いようです。 


レストランのインドアダイニングが

禁止されているのは残念ですが、

これはパンデミック禍なので、

仕方がないのでしょう。 


Government makes rules.

Government enforces rules.

Government changes rules. 


が基本ですから、

政府の指針に従うしかありません。



通常のオフィス勤務での環境に戻る日が

待ち遠しいのは小生だけでしょうか。 



この記事は同様の意見のようです。

ご興味のある方は本文をお読みください。 


https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-the-office-isnt-going-away-11607803227?reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink


History reminds us that the early days of the Industrial Revolution began with people doing commercial work from home. Since then, we have been remarkably, some might say stubbornly, committed to the idea that work should be centered at the office, even when it could have been done remotely. We invested huge amounts of money in office real estate equipped to help us be efficient. We also asked employees to spend lots of time and money traveling to those offices.

A lot of people seem to think it’s time to completely overhaul that model. But I’m not convinced that is really what is going to happen.


It is hard to know for certain, but by some counts as much as 40% of the American labor force is working remotely—more people by far than are still at work in offices, given the massive numbers currently unemployed. No one seems to think it is a good idea for college students to keep doing distance learning once the pandemic has receded or to keep having religious services virtually. But a lot of people believe that continuing remote work and at least paring back physical offices is sensible. It seems like only yesterday that the tech companies were the models in doing everything they could to keep employees from leaving their campuses. Now some, like Twitter, are suggesting they never have to come back. Why is that?  The idea of getting rid of offices, or at least scaling them way back, is of course to save money. This could be like Uber for office jobs: Get employees to provide and pay for their own office, which they have anyway (i.e., their kitchen table), and save a lot of company money on offices and real estate. Also, if people relocate away from expensive areas like Silicon Valley and New York to work remotely, we can pay them less, the thinking goes. Besides, employees seem to like it, and the work is getting done.

The problem with that view begins with the fact that the current situation is so strange that it is unlikely to tell us much about how things would go after the pandemic.


Not now isn’t never

It is true that surveys consistently find that employees working from home report better work-life balance, which shouldn’t be surprising given that conflicts about needing to be in both places at the same time go away when work and home are the same place. They also consistently report wanting to have more opportunities to work from home after the pandemic, also not surprising because they wanted that before. But that is not the same as never going into an office again.

Remote work is far preferred to the alternative of no work or commuting into crowded office spaces during a pandemic, but that does not mean work and home life are better than before the pandemic. Especially for younger people and those without kids, no office means sharply reduced social life. Fifty-eight percent of adults report that they have dated someone at work, for example, and you can’t do that on Zoom.


There are also misunderstandings about how a “new normal” model of remote work would function. The idea that employers can pay people less if they move to less expensive communities to work remotely is a myth. To begin, in a country where the average 50-year-old has already worked for 12 different employers, the idea that we should move our family permanently from Silicon Valley to Iowa on the promise that our current job with a big tech company will continue indefinitely is foolish. People live in expensive locations like New York because that is where they can get their next job. The high pay is because lots of employers want those skills, not to compensate for cost of living.

Let’s just say that it is not a good sign for your career if your boss suggests that you never need to come into the office again or asks if you would like to move far away.

CEOs’ concerns

Another of the hot ideas we hear for post-pandemic remote work is to rethink the idea of pay based on time at work. What employees think this means is that if I finish my work, I could go home—or log off—rather than just hang around to put in “face time” or “screen time.” What employers mean by this is that if you finish your work and there is nothing for you to do right now, we don’t need to pay you.


Yes, the work seems to be getting done remotely, but business is also down for most companies, so there has been less of it that needs to be done. Employees pulled together around remote work in a crisis atmosphere and got things done, but we can’t expect that they will keep doing that forever, especially when the pandemic fades. Employers are also investing hugely now in monitoring technology to check up on what those home workers are doing. That does not suggest that they are OK with how remote work has been going.

Even though they may be expensive, offices do matter. The physical interactions they provide do contribute to getting work done, especially projects and tasks that require collaboration. Architecture matters by structuring our interactions, in good ways if done well. The rituals of office life—coffee breaks and the informal connections we make there—matter, as does our general office social life, which helps keep us engaged. Organizational culture matters, and that is conveyed by these interactions. It is hard to keep that going via occasional video chats. CEOs know this; their single biggest concern about remote work arrangements now is how to keep their culture functioning.

Dumping offices altogether reflects the priority of cutting costs over effectiveness, and that is a big risk. Who wants to be the first one in that water?




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