“Companies need to shift their strategy so that they can remotely create a sense of community—specifically, one of belongingness,” Anne-Marie Finch writes in an article on Benefits Pro.
“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,” she further writes.
Founder of the Global Voices project. Belongingness officer and an experienced People Executive.