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Tragedy of Return to Hostile Offices

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Some teams are a convenient grouping that lack a collective, common mission.

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Working physically together in the same space as a team can be extremely enabling. But too many office environments are hostile to collaboration, and imposing return to office mandates can tear teams apart.

Return to office mandates can destroy the effectiveness of teams who have uncovered better ways of working by going remote.

Tearing your teams apart and undermining their ways of working are tremendously damaging. Fabled watercooler serendipity will not make up for this.

You'll cause harm by forcing RTO on teams with cultures that benefit from remote. Please, instead, help your teams craft their best environment.

From Benji Weber
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