When companies first shifted to remote working arrangements several months ago, the perks made workers question whether they ever wanted to return to a physical office.
Although this style of working carries numerous benefits, it simultaneously presents many challenges in terms of engagement and connecting with colleagues.
By now, remote workers are probably used to relying on video conferencing and communication tools to keep in touch with colleagues. However, do these technologies truly replicate the connections we build when meeting face-to-face?
Business leaders have attempted creative ways to bring workers closer together, such as virtual happy hours, but time has proven that keeping remote workers engaged is difficult.
This could alter the employee-employer relationship now and in the future. With decreased connection, workplace community and culture become nonexistent. This could cause a dip in loyalty, higher turnover rates and less meaningful workplace relationships.
Still, the newfound freedom provided by a remote working arrangement is exciting. Giving yourself time for a midday walk, or taking an extra hour for lunchtime can serve our mental health well, but it must come with accountability to get work done and maintaining interactions with colleagues.
In order to provide a better balance of the two, companies will likely start gravitating towards a hybrid work arrangement that allows employees to come into the office a few days each week.