As an entrepreneur, I understand the importance of collaboration and building strong relationships with my team. And with the pandemic shifting work from traditional office setups to remote work arrangements, it’s interesting to see how businesses have been coping with this transition. A recent article from Gizmodo highlights how big tech companies such as Amazon are starting to realize the importance of in-person collaboration and are returning to office setups. The pandemic has shown us that remote work is possible, but it has also made it clear that being together in the office is crucial for effective collaboration.
One of the challenges of remote work is that it’s difficult to build strong relationships with colleagues. Sure, we can use technology to communicate and collaborate, but it’s not the same as being able to have face-to-face conversations, attend workshops or training sessions, or just hang out with our colleagues during lunch breaks. As an entrepreneur who has both remote and office workers, I can certainly attest to this. I’ve noticed that I have a different relationship with my remote workers compared to my office workers. While we communicate regularly, we don’t have the same level of connection and interaction as we do with office workers. It’s not their fault, it’s just the nature of remote work.
The pandemic has made it clear that companies need to find a balance between remote work and in-person collaboration. While remote work has its benefits, we can’t underestimate the importance of being together in the same physical space. It allows for better communication, collaboration, and building relationships. Returning to the office may not be feasible or desirable for all businesses, but it’s important to consider the benefits of in-person collaboration and find ways to incorporate it into remote work arrangements. This could include regular team-building activities, workshops, or even just scheduling occasional in-person meetings. Building strong relationships with our team members is crucial for the success of our business.