Home working has become a prominent feature in the 2020s. Although the number of full-time remote workers has fallen by about 50% since the peak of the pandemic, “mixing” appears to be a permanent option. A recent Gallup poll found that 70% of employees who work partly from home and partly on site want to continue the arrangement. What does this mean for a company culture? A well-known company culture plays a huge role in employee satisfaction, production, morale and turnover. With so many full-time and part-time remote workers on the horizon, how will these factors change?
what do people think
A Gallup opinion poll found that two-thirds of U.S. employees believe that company culture will not be affected by remote work. Unsurprisingly, attitudes to company culture often correlate with the amount of time employees spend working from home. Those who spend the most time working remotely tend to have the most positive attitudes towards company culture. According to a Gallup poll, “By contrast, only on-site workers are divided, with 49% believing that long-term remote working would exacerbate the culture, while 7% thinking it would be better, 44% of people think it will be the same. ”
Employers appear to be more concerned than employees about the negative impact of remote working on a company’s culture. After all, they have been trying for years to create a supportive workspace where employees can learn, communicate and connect, largely based on day-to-day interactions. As these traditions are reversed, many organizational leaders worry that their positive company culture will slowly develop.
what really happened
Some employers’ concerns are justified. Certainly, there are fewer opportunities to relate to one another in a remote or hybrid work environment. However, that does not mean that company culture is on the verge of collapse. Successful organizations are those that know how to adapt to change. They seize the good and re-imagine the bad. For example, whatever the company loses in personal interactions, it gains happier, less stressed employees.
Empirical research shows that mixed workers get more job satisfaction than field workers. As one of the main goals of creating and maintaining a positive company culture is to build a happy, productive workforce, the mission is fulfilled. Distance working has clearly not weakened the link between giving employees what they want and fostering a positive attitude.
What does the future look like?
It looks like remote and hybrid work is here to stay. Adjusting to this new dynamic could mean some adjustments for the company now and in the future. They may have to start hosting online culture events. Zoom office and birthday parties may have to be held. Orientation, which emphasizes the company’s mission, vision and values, can also begin to happen in virtual reality. These are adjustments that organizations can make fairly easily. All they have to do is shift the focus from an office-centric company culture to one that is primarily built off-site.
However, this does not mean that all events that promote a positive organizational culture have to be virtual. There is nothing wrong with having weekly or monthly personal meetings where everyone in the area can come to the office and strengthen IRL’s personal relationships. In fact, many people who work from home will look forward to these interactions as they begin to yearn for true relationships.
Distance working is an adjustment for everyone. Some employees may enjoy working from home for a few months and then realize they may want to wear a suit and pay ideas in a real boardroom. Essentially, this is why hybrid approaches have become so popular. No matter which direction the modern workforce is heading, there is no doubt that company culture will always matter, even if it is in a slightly different form from what we have seen before.