The Evolving Workspace. Working From Home Now and in the Future
One trend that we have been observing is that some employees are really enjoying working from home and are keen to keep it this way and many companies are discovering the potential upside to having a remote workforce. Decreased overhead and increased productivity are two factors that are encouraging companies to take a close look at developing a permanent remote work environment.
While I have not seen anything official, there has been a lot of water cooler talk buzzing around the internet in various chat rooms and social media channels. I have heard of some companies considering adopting this new remote workplace and selling off their expensive real estate or eliminating rent on unneeded office space. In place of the day to day, office video conferencing and hourly rentable meeting space will fulfill most team interaction needs.
The Evolving Workplace During and Post Coronavirus
Companies are recognizing the need for team building and socializing and are using the cost savings from real estate and rent reduction and committing to monthly social events and quarterly off-site team meetings.
These face-to-face opportunities will be critical to build and maintain a healthy work culture. At Summit, we are suggesting that when you do get together for these in person meetings (whenever that is possible again), you should not dedicate this time to things that can be discussed on the phone or through video conference. You should be focusing on the soft-skills side of teams. Communication, trust, collaboration, conflict resolution, personal style, culture, emotional intelligence, and leadership are just a few of the important topics to be addressed during these off-site or in person events.
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Team building and team skills will be critical to keep the remote work environment working smoothly. Organizations need to implement a combination of formal and informal team building. By informal team building we are referring to more social and impromptu events like team meals and fun recreational-type activities. A formal team building experience is something that is usually run by an external team building expert and is driven by a set of goals and objectives that generates the appropriate content and learning.
Regardless if you are moving towards a remote work environment or sticking with tradition, team building will always be an important part of maintaining a high-performance team culture. After all, people are your most important asset.