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The battle between remote and in-person work. Part 2.
This week's topic continued: Digging into the benefits of face time with your team.
In part two, I want to share some perspectives on the impact of feeling a part of a team/your company’s culture in a remote environment and why you should consider getting into the office a little more often.
According to this post on Gomada called “Team building statistics for 2023: culture, effectiveness, and trends,” there are a few interesting statistics related to remote work and building teams and cultures:
Over 80% of employers and employees believe creating a sense of community at work is important.
78% of people are looking for a more supportive work culture.
Only 33% of companies hold simple team-building activities such as virtual coffee and tea breaks.
41% of workers find adapting to the company's culture hard during remote work.
Employees think that team-building activities can improve the remote work experience.
What is a common theme across all of these stats?
Feeling in touch with your company culture and team members is tough. In a remote environment? Even tougher.
Being in the office isn't just about work; it's also about understanding the company's culture. You can learn much about the company's values and working style, from casual chats to observing team members interact. It's this understanding that helps foster a sense of belonging.
In another interesting study by Owl Labs called “State of Remote Work,” they share how workers often struggle to fit into the company culture when they work remotely. Being away from the office can make it difficult to connect with colleagues and understand the company's values and dynamics.
If you're working remotely, there are still ways to connect. Join in virtual social events, actively participate in group chats, and try to build rapport during meetings. But consider spending time in the office, particularly when you're new. It will give you a better sense of the company's vibe.
Companies encourage office returns for in-person collaboration benefits. Balancing in-person and remote work can benefit early-career growth by strengthening relationships and fostering a sense of belonging through strategic office days.
Additionally, feeling connected to company culture is tough while working remotely. The office provides insights into values and dynamics through casual interactions and team observations. Engaging in virtual social events and active participation in group chats can help remote workers, but spending time in the office, especially for new employees, facilitates a stronger connection.
Although you may never want to commute to an office regularly ever again, I would highly encourage you to consider the benefits of some face time in the future.
Have you found some ways in the remote environment to connect and build strong relationships with your team members? I’d love to hear them. Just click the button and share.
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