Rough Landings

What a year and a half of home office has done to our physical co-working skills – and how we’re relearning them.

Rough Landings

We all have legitimate hopes for an end to the state of emergency that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic. But now that many companies are ordering their employees out of the home office and back into the office, this is causing headaches: Many employees no longer know how to interact with each other, what to say, or how to say it, now that they are physically present again.

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The ability to withstand criticism, to balance different attitudes and types, in short to demonstrate composure – for many, this has been forgotten.

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It will take time for us to settle into this “new normal” in often hybrid workplaces, and for the problem to solve itself. But until that time comes, the first walk through the office door will not be another “learning to fly” for many, but a leap into ice-cold water.

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