Working in sweatpants and eliminating daily commutes once seemed like a dream, until the creeping reality of isolation set in.
After a year of little to no face-to-face interactions with our colleagues, the idea of coming into the office doesn’t seem so bad now.
However, workers aren’t ready to give up the perks of working from home just yet. Lack of daily commutes has decreased work-related stress levels, as well as expenses for gas and work clothing purchases.
Even more, workers have had a chance to enjoy more time with family and personal hobbies.
On the other hand, there have been some clear negatives to the remote working experience. For starters, the lack of socialization has hindered a lot of creative and collaborative aspects of the workplace.
Additionally, some leaders have noted that onboarding new talent has become increasingly difficult in a virtual environment since new hires need face-time to fully understand the culture of the workplace.
By now we’ve all heard the term “Zoom fatigue”, and it is having a negative impact on how well employees accomplish their projects. Being engaged in meetings all day takes away from the time that could be put towards getting work done.
That’s why companies are looking to adopt a more flexible approach to the workplace moving forward. A hybrid workforce nurtures the perks of both in-office and remote environments, while eliminating the downsides of these arrangements.