What if remote work made us more social?
While it’s easy to consider the perceived social benefits of sharing office space, I’d argue remote work enables 3 distinct advantages for social teams:
- It’s intentional: There’s no water-cooler or being a wallflower without water-coolers and walls. Instead, you must intentionally strike up a conversation to nurture relationships. Many in offices go years without a 1-on-1 conversation, by comparison.
- It’s controlled: Group chat, 1-on-1 chat. Synchronous, asynchronous. You get to choose when and how based on how you like to socialize. No mid-flow interruptions about the weather required.
- Over-communication: Collaboration drops 38% unless everyone over-communicates, leaving nothing to chance. Everyone literally has to communicate more than normal.
Remote team? How could you foster more socialization?