As companies slowly emerge from the pandemic, it’s clear that some things about the professional landscape have inextricably changed. Most prominently, remote work has transitioned from an anomalous work arrangement to the new normal, helping shape the present and future of work.
So far, there are some clear benefits. For instance, despite many managers’ fears, remote work turns out to be a boon for productivity and efficiency. According to one survey of more than 800 companies embracing remote work, 94% felt that productivity was “the same as or higher than it was before the pandemic.” Even so, some challenges remain. For leaders looking to build thriving remote-first teams in the year ahead, here are three lessons from companies that have been here before: