As a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, companies decided to make their employees work from home. The arrangement resulted in many positive feedback, with corporations like Twitter and Facebook saying that they would embrace remote work long term.
Now that the WFH experiment stretches on, four months and counting, some cracks are starting to emerge. Projects take longer. Training is tougher. Hiring and integrating new employees,
more complicated. Some employers are noticing that their workers appear less connected, and bosses fear that younger professionals aren’t developing at the same rate as they would in offices, sitting next to colleagues and absorbing how they do their jobs.
An increasing number of executives are also saying that while remote work is necessary this year, it is not their preferred long-term solution once the pandemic is over. Chef Robotics CEO Rajat Bhageria said that teams physically building a product together need to be together.
He said, “There’s this thrill of being a little hacky group of people, on a shared mission, in a startup, with little money, eating pizza and ramen.”