Sharing experience during lunch or conversations with customers offers new ideas or approaches. However, with remote work, these possibilities are not possible.
Fremont, CA: Remote work model provides many benefits, from reduced overhead and versatile schedules to minimized employee commuting and higher productivity with decreased attrition rates. However, it also introduces difficulties like worker loneliness and burnout.
Remote teams also face challenges that can be disruptive for an organization, such as low-bandwidth communication, unnecessary meeting, and lack of passive knowledge sharing.
Lack of Passive Knowledge Sharing
Remote work can jeopardize the informal information sharing and open communication lines of shared physical spaces. Sharing experience during lunch or conversations with customers offers new ideas or approaches. However, with remote work, these possibilities are not possible.
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A disadvantage of remote work is the lack of face-to-face communication as companies lean towards low-bandwidth communication approaches such as email and chat. Written communication can deliver the information but cannot replace the information exchange and personal connection of face-to-face conversations. Also, discussions held are not in real-time. Real-time face-to-face communication is lost in slow replies and other interruptions in between.
Meetings can bring teams together for decision making and knowledge sharing. But, if a meeting’s goal is to clock some face-to-face time, it is not worth it. Unnecessary meetings are often expensive and frustrating.
Meetings that are scheduled lead to remote team members waiting until the next meeting to bring up a problem or question, delaying processes, and make businesses less efficient.