The idea of closing all offices and making layoffs easier is a difficult one to consider. It may be more efficient in some ways, but it also eliminates the personal connections that are built when you work face-to-face with colleagues. This can have a detrimental impact on morale, productivity, and relationships between employees and their employers.
Five years from now, it’s likely that we will see companies taking advantage of the remote work trend to save money on overhead costs like office space and happy hours. Remote work has its advantages for both employers and employees; however, there are potential downsides as well such as feeling expendable or isolated from colleagues if there is no human connection involved in the job.
The good news is that there are other models out there for companies who want to offer remote work without sacrificing employee benefits or morale. Shopify’s model of having “ports” where teams can get together periodically for planning sessions or retreats is one example of how companies can still foster a sense of community while working remotely. Other models like hub-n-spoke office buildings offer smaller workspaces with access to larger shared areas which could provide an inexpensive way for businesses to remain flexible while still maintaining some physical presence in their offices.
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that most employers value their employees more than they do coal – even if they don’t always show it – so no matter what the future brings, we should have faith that good companies will retain good talent rather than jettisoning them just because they can be replaced easily due to remote working conditions.
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Author Eliza Ng