In a hybrid setting, the informal communication is the first victim. Even employees who are present in person might be forced to spend the whole day in front of a screen in online meetings. How to keep the vital informal exchange of information, and the feeling of commitment and belonging that comes with it?
Some companies resort to having mandatory office attendance at least one day of the week, so that employees have a chance to meet. If the often reduced premises do not allow for that, others organise more frequent informal events for the whole team. These could be work-related – for example, brainstorming sessions or knowledge exchange.
Lastly, events focused on informal topics can be held even in a purely online setting, though this is seen as an exceptional measure, as it increases the already considerable screen time.
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