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How to Keep Remote Collaboration From Becoming Chaotic

Don't forget: the human brain is an analog infrastructure

There’s a low-key tug of war underway in the white-collar workplace. Senior leaders are doing their best to drag resisting employees back to physical offices. Thanks to the tight labor market, though, employees possess enough pull to force a hybrid compromise. That’s good news for professionals seeking more control over how they juggle work and life. But what about their employers?

Based on her influential research on the challenges of remote work, Catherine Cramton, emeritus professor of management at George Mason University School of Business, says that if managers aren’t careful, team communication and cohesion may be lost in the transition to hybrid.

Her work finds that putting physical distance between employees creates a contextual clash that our minds weren’t designed to handle. An explosion of digital technology made today’s hybrid workplace possible, but it couldn’t upgrade the analog infrastructure that is the human brain.

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