‘These ultimatums can be detrimental to mental health,’ says expert

Eight in 10 companies will track employee office attendance in 2024, and 95% of companies say employees will suffer consequences if they don’t comply, with jobs, bonuses, and salaries at risk for those who do not comply, according to a new survey from Resume Builder.

Why are companies mandating employees’ return to office? Because they believe it has a positive impact on productivity (76%), improves culture (63%), and betters employee satisfaction, while 29% of business leaders say working from the office reduces burnout, according to the survey.

While it is not unusual for organizations to manage employee attendance, the challenge stems from ensuring there is ample support for employees and potential mental health challenges that could arise from these mandates, said Deborah Maynard, chief HR officer at Coast Mental Health.


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