How is the work atmosphere/environment going to change once we move back to going to the office?
@divyamundhra snacks were problem not only for me. When first wave of pandemy appeared in Poland we all freaked out - I was not the only one who made great shopings in order to saty away from shops as long as possible. I ate half of sausage at first day. One of my female colegous had a same issue with a cake
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I definitely see the future needing to be more flexible than ever. Especially in markets like Toronto, Canada where we're a growing city yet already have a major traffic issue and very poor public transportation. No matter where you live, you're facing a mind-numbing commute which can contribute to a host of health issues. The greater city area also becoming impossibly expensive to live. Personally, it's a dream come true to have flexibility. I love the energy of being in the office, but I work better from home and love getting to workout in the morning.
To me the change is that every team must now be remote first and that even though some people will return to the office, some others will prefer to work from home. To me the futur of office is the choice but with a remote first approach. So I'd say that this progress will make people feel happier and less stressed.
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For a while, it is going to feel weird when someone is either too close or puts out their hand to shake. Hugs will be awkward and even the accidental cough, might get our senses tingling. In a way, it will not be all bad. It will be good to respect each other's private spaces (it is now a measurable distance) and the hygienic habits of sanitizing our hands regularly might pay off in the long run. What this also means is that some of the racial tensions will rise. When suddenly someone brings food into a space that looks different or smells different, it will set of triggers as being unsafe. There is a primal survival instinct that has been unleashed and it will take a while to put it back into the box and declare safe spaces. As an organization, if everyone is mindful of it, it will be easier to tackle. The problem we are going to face in the short run is companies that have prematurely declared themselves "forever remote" with absolutely no infrastructure in place. Those who have gone hybrid are even worse off because those who are still dealing with a paranoid/cautious mind will choose to stay at home (or because they have kids and family that need them at home) and if the discussions and control center is at the office, people are going to fall behind. Most offices don't have a system of note-taking, and decisions being centrally put up and processes that ensure everyone is on the same page. So inevitably those who choose to spend more time in the offices will find themselves with more power than those working remotely. That will reflect in the next appraisal. This leads to the appraisal itself to be relooked at, which so far has been a popularity contest with the bosses, and now will have to be about actual work done. But have we defined what work is, in the knowledge economy? In a lot of workplaces, we have activity masquerading as work.
@vijayanands That is such an apt and clear explanation of how things are going to change if half the people work remotely and a half from the office. I believe, there needs to be a more standard way of measuring the amount of work done by the employees so that the people working from offices are not the only ones going to be benefited.