LinkedIn Backpedals on Return-to-Office Plans

On episode 74 of The HR Famous Podcast, longtime HR leaders (and friends) Tim Sackett, Kris Dunn, and Jessica Lee come together to discuss fears of employee communication monitoring, how much bosses are really monitoring their employees, and LinkedIn’s latest announcement on their plan for remote work.

Show Highlights

3:00 – Tim mentions a county in Michigan that is offering new residents $15,000 to move there and buy property. He asks the crew how much money they would move for.

6:00 – Jessica mentions a program in Italy right now where they’re selling properties for dirt cheap in hopes that people will come and revitalize and invest in small Italian towns.

8:30 – Tim asks the crew if they’ve ever been nervous that a boss was monitoring their communications. JLee says that only when she’s said something bad about that boss.

10:30 – JLee asks Tim and KD if they think people are worried their bosses are reading their actual emails. Tim says that it partly is an HR narrative issue, and he says most times actual people aren’t monitoring; it’s technical processes that are.

13:15 – While Tim was working at Applebee’s, his boss got flagged that he was spending a lot of time on Facebook. At the time, they were trying to do some recruiting initiatives on the platform.

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17:00 – JLee asks if it’s OK for her to judge her team members for having such expensive phone plans.

19:30 – Tim loves to mess with KD and JLee by sending them annoying messages while they’re presenting in a meeting so the notifications pop up for everyone to see.

24:00 – LinkedIn’s CEO recently published a post titled “We Trust Each Other.” The company decided to go back to work half-time, and this posts reflects on that decision and revises the org’s policy, where moving forward LinkedIn is offering more flexibility to its employees and where they work.

27:00 – JLee applauds this messaging, even though LinkedIn is backpedaling on its original announcement. She likes messages with the world “trust” and thinks it’s smart from a communication perspective.

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