The price of this lost connection is more than just dissatisfied, disengaged, or departing employees. It can also cost companies the innovation that comes from people who know how to work together. Remote workers can be productive—even more so than when they work in offices.
Productivity gains apply mainly to solo work, the kind that gig workers and freelancers do. Collaborative work, which is linked to innovation, has not fared well.
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Research on remote work is sparse, and the conclusions vary. Some studies find that workers are happier; others say workers experience more loneliness, irritability, worry, and guilt. Also, the recent research on remote work has taken place during the pandemic, making it difficult to separate whe...
Remote work challenges these routines and office norms—when people come in when they leave, what they wear, and whom they interact with. The flexibility to work on your own time, and in sweatpants, if you choose, is one of the great advantages of remote work. But it can also leave employees feeli...
Since remote work doesn’t seem to be going away, these problems will need to be solved, fast. Some companies trying their hand:
Cleary: is a “digital lobby” where people can ask questions, post announcements, and congratulate each other on workplace wins.
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48% of companies are currently using freelancers. Many are seeing positive results. Remote workers are more productive and accomplish more in less time.
With a growing suite of tools, remote work life is better for both employees and employers.
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