I'm not sure if the water cooler conversation as a decision making process is a lost art or if we're ever going to get back to it. I'm curious how we’ll work all of that into a remote working model, or if we will agree that it's just not possible and we've created the next big great divide.
We're definitely not going back to the water cooler format in its prior form. However, we should anticipate bifurcation in situations where the leadership team is back in the office -- continues to trend upwards -- along with portions, but not all of the workforce. For remote staff, it will be a different type of challenge and will take time to adapt.
Introverts continue to have a tough time with collab tools. Even the act of turning on the camera can be stressful. Therefore collab has its limitations, but in the absence of the perfect solve, its the best available option.On the positive side, those employees that have always operated out of HQ have developed greater empathy for what it means to work remote and consequently be more inclusive.
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Every 2-3 years31%
Every 3-4 years20%
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