Employees are not ready to return to the office. Although vaccines are becoming more widespread and businesses are eager to bring their staffers back in, the desire to work remotely has skyrocketed.
There are numerous reasons for this. The lack of commute, the better work-life balance and the cost savings make it clear that remote working is the ideal arrangement for many.
For the most part, remote working benefits the employee, while in-office arrangements benefit the company. But are there still employee perks to coming into the office?
The answer is yes, and being reminded of these perks may help business leaders in the transition to a post-pandemic workplace.
For instance, the idea of company culture. Although there can be a sense of community when working remotely, the ideal culture happens when people are working alongside each other. This is particularly important for recent remote workers that may not understand the nuances of how things run at their new job.
This coincides with the idea of collaboration. There are numerous collaboration apps and tools that aim to improve virtual teamwork. However, there is no true replacement for in-person brainstorming sessions.
Having a physical workplace builds momentum that progresses projects. Whether that’s a quick impromptu exchange of ideas in the hallway, or taking a few minutes to help a colleague with something they are struggling with, in-person collaboration is more effective in the long run.