‘Water cooler talk’ takes a new turn: How hybrid work is changing Maine’s workplace communication

I’ve been ‘remote’ at least part time since the 1980s. My observations: even though commuting is a pain, it’s worth making the effort to meet up with my colleagues, working alongside them not just having formal meetings. Your workplace management systems need to encourage this…:

“I would go into the office so much more if there were enough people to talk to,” says Johnson, who as the firm’s director of strategic partnerships works with attorneys in Portland, Boston and Concord, N.H., many of whom she has met only on screen. The getting-acquainted process is “as needed instead of everybody all at once … It’s a slower journey.”

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