As the Great Return nears its end and the last few organisations make the switch from a 100% remote to a hybrid work schedule, many employees are eagerly anticipating the chance to reconnect with their coworkers after a period of two years spent apart. The return to the workplace does not guarantee a return to productive teamwork, though.
More than two years into our national experiment with working from home, one of the most common justifications for returning to the office is about teamwork, says Alison Green, founder of the work advice website Ask a Manager, for Slate. "The difficulty is... at times it isn't occurring that way," the speaker said.
According to Green, many individuals who have gone back to work are the only ones there or are choosing to work in isolation, preferring to communicate with one another through email and online platforms like Slack and Zoom.
Teamwork may seem like a thing of the past, but it need not be a relic of the workplace pre-COVID. Leaders in the hybrid model of the workplace may promote cooperation by taking the initiative to do so. What follows are five suggestions on where to begin, such as office cleaning, company culture, etc.