Four years ago, remote work was embraced only by ‘quirky’ tech companies. With the pandemic, it became the lifeline that enabled a large part of society to keep going. Now, companies and employees are renegotiating what the rules about physical presence should be, and often it seems like this dynamic can get quite adversarial with companies putting their foot down on bringing people back to the office.
This talk will encourage you to look beyond the black&white framing by focusing first on what it takes to build good collaborative habits and sustain a healthy and productive culture, as well as the role digital tools play in that effort. By looking through this lens the question of remote or co-located workforce policies should appear more nuanced and less important than some other key components of a company's culture.