Hybrid work has its benefits but can make successful workplace interaction a challenge. Can technology improve interaction in the workplace?
Social interaction is essential for employees’ well-being and job performance at work. Unfortunately, establishing a true personal connection with others at work is not always easy, especially when your colleagues are scattered around different locations, with some people working remotely from home.
Being physically present at the workplace is no longer a requirement for many in an office job, at least not 100% of the time. This has its benefits when one’s job is not limited by the city or even country, they live in. In addition, finding a balance between one’s work and private life is easier when commuting is no longer a daily chore. In many ways this sounds only like a good thing, improving office workers’ job satisfaction, reducing workplace stress, and enabling hiring across borders.
However, missing those daily, seemingly meaningless workplace interactions can have its drawbacks too. Social interaction and so-called “watercooler talk” are essential in creating a great workplace culture and building work relationships that may grow into friendships even outside of the office. Fully remote work and hybrid meetings do not allow such casual and more intimate interaction at the workplace, for example during team meetings and face-to-face discussions.
Successful workplace interactions can have a great impact on employees’ emotional well-being, sense of belonging, job satisfaction, and even physical health. Here are some ways to enable positive interactions at work:
Bridging the gap between remote and in-person workers is a concern many hybrid offices face. Although most remote workers prefer working from home and can create a better balance between their work and personal life that way, true connection with co-workers can be a challenge through the computer screen. These things can help establish positive interactions in the hybrid workplace:
Framery office pods are perfect for interacting with employees working remotely or calling in from offices in other cities. The soundproof pods are the best alternative for sizeable meeting or conference rooms, and provide much-needed privacy in a noisy office environment. The single-person Framery One and Framery O make video calls easy while Framery’s Q and 2Q meeting pods are large enough for small teams or private face-to-face conversations.
Remote work and video meetings create their own challenges when it comes to successful workplace interaction with coworkers. Many nuances are lost when we cannot see most non-verbal cues during a conversation, not to mention only hearing the other person’s voice instead of their face and the rest of the body. Many technological innovations have tried to solve this but none have reached anything resembling real face-to-face interaction – until now.
Framery Contact lets you experience workplace interaction like never before. To allow true contact with those we work with on a daily basis, Framery Contact brings authentic face-to-face interaction to remote meetings. With our revolutionary video conferencing technology, Framery Contact enables virtual workplace interaction without the limitations of traditional video meetings.
Read more about Framery Contact and how we are changing workplace interaction in the hybrid work environment.