Virtual Team “Companies find themselves so scattered geographically that they need to reconcile a way to work together that is both effective and enjoyable.” says Joe Du Bey. (Image: Shutterstock)

The battle over return-to-work rages on, with many CEOs desiring employees back in the office, at least on a part-time basis, while others tout the death of the office workplace. Caught in the middle are employees who have grown accustomed to the flexibility of remote and hybrid work arrangements but are still frustrated by some aspects of the process.

Missing from this discussion is not where the work gets done but how. The switch to remote work came with an influx of new tools, technologies and processes that made collaboration and work more efficient. But as more employees lament being called into the office just to log into another remote Teams meeting, employers need to turn their focus to embracing the lessons and work habits most beneficial to their workers during the pandemic and rebuilding a company culture around them.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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