As organizations continue to navigate from predominantly in-person work to hybrid or remote work, a segment of leaders remains skeptical about these work arrangements. One reason for this skepticism is the belief that hybrid and remote work will erode aspects of organizational culture that have taken years to build. According to a Conference Board report
on 2022 CEO and C-Suite priorities,
46 percent of surveyed CEOs expect that hybrid work models will decrease the strength of their organizational culture.
But as mentioned by Gartner, “the fact that many leaders prefer in-office work isn’t surprising given the majority of business leaders learned to manage in an office environment, where their employees were visible by default. Without that visibility and the togetherness of being in the same physical space, they feel they have less control, and “culture” is an easy rationalization for trying to regain that control.”
As CHROs help their organizations preserve aspects of culture and foster feelings of “connectedness” without in-person interactions, this article points out five moments in the hybrid and remote workplace when employees feel the strongest cultural connection: 1)
peer recognition, 2)
performance review feedback, 3)
manager support during difficult experiences, 4)
celebration of successful work outcomes, and 5)
leaders talking about organizational purpose. The article covers how these moments can be fostered to create a culture of connectedness, regardless of location.