Prioritizing connection and in-person opportunities

Not too long ago, I wrote about the power of hosting in-person all-staff meetings with remote work becoming more common. We use these events as a chance for cross-team collaboration, reconnecting with our mission, and learning more about our industry.

Along those same lines, earlier this week, NAFCU hosted a staff BarbeCU (CU = credit unions. Pretty clever, right?) This event is more low-key than our all-staff meetings and focused on strengthening relationships with colleagues by bringing people together to talk, eat, and enjoy the weather.

Research has shown that remote work – or general workplace flexibility – provides a competitive advantage in hiring and retaining talent. According to a study by McKinsey & Company, 87 percent of people take workplace flexibility when they have the opportunity. In June 2022, more people were working remotely than not. It’s a competitive advantage that’s worth keeping. However, a survey by TalentLMS and BambooHR found that 72 percent of Gen Z – the generation entering the workforce – found in-person socialization with colleagues to be important. Although I’m not part of Gen Z, I feel the same way. Quality time with my team is something I look forward to whenever I have the chance.

Research studies in these areas aren’t a precise science, but we should consider the insights gleaned from them. Especially if doing both is possible. There is a way to provide in-person opportunities while maintaining flexible work policies.


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