Telecommuting grew in popularity during the pandemic out of necessity. And it helped limit the spread of COVID-19. But studies show that a post-pandemic, remote-only model doesn’t work all that well for many office workers — or their companies. Young business man hands writing notes

A recent study from Gallup suggests that telecommuting benefits employees and employers when workers do not spend 100 percent of their time at home. Surprised?

Over time, this study shows that workers are more engaged when they spend a significant part of the workweek in an office with their coworkers. The optimal engagement boost, according to Gallup, occurs when employees spend at least 40 percent at the office.

Employee engagement leads to many great things — creativity, productivity, innovation and ultimately, a more competitive and successful organization. So how does time in the office help?

Numerous factors come into play. One important one is the out-of-sight-out-of-mind issue. When an employee is in the same office as their manager, it’s easier for the manager to see and recognize achievements and for employees to engage with not only management but their colleagues, according to Gallup. However, fewer opportunities occur when the manager and employees are in different locations. That can leave telecommuting workers feeling undervalued and less engaged. Collaboration, of course, is easier in an office setting as well.

Another reason why a 100 percent telecommuting plan is not the best option for workers is that fully remote workers do not get the opportunity to connect with their coworkers, which can lead to feelings of isolation. It’s a fact: Human beings crave connection with others. Offices are social anchors. Employees form bonds with other employees in office break rooms, lunchrooms and at the water cooler and coffee pot. A regular dose of face time with coworkers and managers can help increase the odds that an employee’s telecommuting efforts are successful for everyone involved.

Post-pandemic, many workplaces recognize the value of offering both in-office work and time to work at home. And that can mean a different look, feel and design of commercial offices to maximize the time employees spend in the office. Do you need a hybrid office? Thinking about renovating or remodeling to adapt to changing times?

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