Back to the Office…Home working or holidays has been fun!

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What a strange time we have been living…suddenly working from home. Previously furloughed…Add onto that holidays and for some Covid isolating.

What does it all mean? Well, for many, there will be sudden return to the workplace. Is it all that bad?

We now know that working from home can be an option, but while it can now be useful in the future, let’s consider the reasons why being with your colleagues is so important.

It actually aids work-life balance. Its very easy to look back on home working as offering the same, but…the reality of working from home can blur the line between workplace working environments and your personal life.

Working from an office and surrounding yourself with colleagues can help to achieve a healthy work-life balance where employees can identify clear divides between personal matters and work. Once you are home, you are off duty!

Remote working does not support “In-person Collaboration”.

Face-to-face meetings around the office and in-person brainstorming sessions with larger teams are vital to encourage creativity and innovation across your organisation. While it’s possible to have these conversations through video conferencing, its not the same as the traditional “face to face”!

Team Morale is improved…the overall outlook that employees have towards their organization or business. The ability to have conversations, to discuss ideas, to support your colleagues, everything that is great about “team development”.

Consider “Tuckman’s model”, and the four stages. The quicker that you move through the model, the better the team performs, and bonds together. Much harder working remotely.

Who gives you that quiet word of encouragement…who brings the cakes in…who sees when you are having a bad day…who gives you advice when you are unsure!

Embrace your colleagues and be part of making your workplace a great place to be!

“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” Jim Stovall