BT requires employees worldwide to return to work in the office three working days a week. The move leads to dissatisfaction among some employees.
According to The Register, CEO Philip Jansen speaks of a ‘smart working method’, in which employees work together three days a week and can decide for themselves where they work for two days. BT also says it believes in flexibility and therefore wants to offer employees two days a week the freedom to decide for themselves where they work.
‘Make a connection’
“As we emerge from the past two years and the behaviors we have created during that time, we believe we need a change, a refresh, a greater opportunity to connect. We believe that longer than two working from home for days does not suit how we work or who we are, except in individual circumstances where our work from home policy applies,” The Register writes from Jansen’s mouth.
The CEO also threatens to take measures if employees do not want to comply with the new company policy. They are reminded of the code of conduct within BT. This can also lead to ‘disciplinary measures’, Jansen warns.
BT employees report that the measure affects all BT employees with an office job. They estimate that it concerns 15,000 to 25,000 employees. BT itself reports to The Register that the measure affects about 40,000 employees worldwide.
The move leads to dissatisfaction with some employees. “The general feeling is that this is quite tone deaf at a time of high cost of living/transport costs and of a company selling remote collaboration and technology solutions. There are those who have taken jobs in recent years based on promises of flexibility An employee said in response to the policy change.
Sources also point out that within BT, certain locations are only accessible to specific business units. This can also lead to employees having to deal with long travel times. They will then have to choose between accepting travel costs associated with this, or another position within BT or elsewhere.