The requirements of the strange time we’re in make compulsive in-person collaboration a liability rather than an advantage. Today’s social distancing requirements provide a perfect opportunity to enhance employees’ abilities to work independently.
For many tech-industry employees, a highly interactive, collaborative work environment is the norm. The question is whether these interaction-based offices will ever return to exactly what they were in pre-pandemic days—and what that means for employees’ psychological well-being.
Much has been said about respecting colleagues from the perspective of avoiding insulting, demeaning, prejudicial, harassing comments and behavior. Less has been said about how shoddy work habits can show disrespect for co-workers.
As companies welcome employees back to the in-person workplace, safety is important, but the measures you take will be counterproductive if they are so cumbersome and unpleasant that people disregard them entirely.