While the modern workplace has become more technologically integrated, more members of the workforce are experiencing higher levels of isolation. Although technology plays a huge role in connecting us, it can also do the opposite.
So how can we maintain a level of engagement, connection and collaboration with coworkers if we have no physical interaction with them?
In a world where modern technology leads how we communicate with colleagues and creating an ‘always-on’ culture, it is important for workers to establish boundaries in order to maintain a proper work-life balance even if they are not physically present in an office.
Additionally, organizations need to keep in mind the best work environment that suits their employees’ needs, rather than following popular trends, so workers will actually want to be present in the office space. For example, the adoption of open plan offices has increased tremendously in the past few years, but in practice, these layouts can be distracting and counterproductive. That is why it is vital to include a variety of workspaces, from collaborative areas to private offices.
Overall, flexibility is the one key to establishing a healthy and productive workplace for all. It can be applied to work hours, office space, design, remote positions and several other factors within a company’s operations.