Why 1 CEO encourages 'coffee badging'

Workers' desire to have schedules that are flexible and create improved work-life balance has prompted various phrases in the workplace in recent years, often coined by Generation Z. One of these concepts, "coffee badging," is embraced by Frank Weishaupt, CEO of Boston-based video conferencing equipment maker Owl Labs, according to CNBC

Coffee badging refers to workers showing up to the office for their morning coffee to interact with colleagues, but then leaving the office and working from home the rest of the day, according to CNBC

Fifty-eight percent of hybrid employees coffee badge, and an additional 8% say they have not but would like to try it, according to an Owl Labs survey of 2,000 full-time workers in the U.S. in June.

Owl Labs also found that men (62%) tend to coffee badge more than women (38%).  

Mr. Weishaupt, who has more than two decades of executive experience at small startups and large companies like Yahoo, told CNBC he actively encourages employees to coffee badge.  

"We hire people to do a job. I don't hire people to watch them work," he said, according to CNBC. "I do love the in-office participation when we get it, but I want it to be organic."

He added: "The office has a role, but mandating that you must come into the office on this day, at this time, and leave no earlier than this time — that is a dead concept."

Mr. Weishaupt also acknowledged that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for organizations and encouraged bosses at other companies to take the best approach for them.

In healthcare, in-office policies and work arrangements vary depending on factors such as type of role and size of the organization. Executives have told Becker's they are focused on flexible work arrangements where possible to fit the needs of employees and their jobs.

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