many hands coming together in a circle as fist bumps By prioritizing belongingness, companies can create an inclusive remote company culture that elicits the same welcoming nature as being in the office. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Last March the world changed, leaving in its wake a trail of volatility and shifting norms. Parents became teachers, grocery stores became exotic destinations, and second bedrooms became offices. Companies with strong internal cultures attempted to put forth initiatives to facilitate connections, but virtual happy hours and digital coffee chats could only do so much. Weeks turned into months; soon our remote-first world will have been our reality for a year. And it might be more permanent than we originally thought: a quarter of businesses now say they would move at least 10% of their office employees to permanent remote positions.

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