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Why Aussies are 'loud leaving' the workplace

‘Loud leaving’ could help foster a positive work environment and stop burnout.

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Aussie managers are ‘loud leaving’ the work place to encourage others to log off. (Source: Getty)

As Aussie workers look to achieve a healthy work-life balance, there’s a new trend that has emerged among workplaces.

It’s called ‘loud leaving’ and it’s where managers loudly and visibly leave the workplace at the end of the day and make it clear to employees that it’s okay to log off and stop working at a reasonable time.

New research by LinkedIn found almost half (46 per cent) of Aussies have recently experienced this trend, with the professional networking platform noting the trend can help create a positive workplace culture.

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“Since Australians are focusing more on work-life balance than ever before, managers who support this by leading by example are really setting the tone in the workplace,” LinkedIn’s career expert Cayla Dengate said.

“A positive workplace culture leads to workers feeling like they can achieve their career goals without worrying about burning out.”

The layout of open plan offices can lend itself to ‘loud leaving’, with staff able to clearly see when their managers are packing up tools.

“At HP, we sit in an open plan office and its hot desk style – including me. I don’t have an office so I get the opportunity to move around the office, and sit in different spots on different days,” HP Australia and New Zealand vice president and managing director Brad Pulford said.

“When I leave, I make sure to say goodbye to everyone sitting around me. It’s very visible – people see me come and go all day, because I’m sitting right there with them.”

Hybrid work the new norm

One in three (36 per cent) of Aussies go into the office three days a week, LinkedIn found, while about a quarter (27 per cent) work from the office two days.

While the majority (62 per cent) of the 1,002 Aussies surveyed think working from home will not harm their careers, nearly half (49 per cent) said they felt like they had to overcompensate when they weren’t in the office to show they were serious about work.

While HP has no set days or expectations for when staff need to come into the office, Pulford said there is no replacement for the "in-person connection" an office can provide.

“Being in the office sets the scene for culture at HP – it’s a hub of creativity and innovation, it's important for planning, creativity and problem solving, and ultimately it’s where relationships are built, which is the foundation of any good company culture – the relationships we have with one another,” he said.

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