Purposeful Talent Development: Overcoming the challenges of sustained remote work

Ideas for managing meetings, networking and engagement when employees are only sometimes in the office.

What has been the most frustrating aspect you have encountered working in a remote setting since the pandemic began? Lack of interaction or connection with others? Too many distractions? Too many unnecessary meetings? Issues with technology?

The truth is, you could probably make an argument for all of these being a hinderance to your everyday life in recent times, and you would not be in the minority. In fact, a study done by the Pew Research Center found that 89% of Americans have experienced at least one negative outcome to their life because of the pandemic and one in five people found it to have negatively influenced their career. From a leadership and talent development perspective, life in a post-pandemic workplace has likely changed forever.

Indeed, navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath is one of the biggest business challenges of our time. To keep operations going, most companies adopted new ways of working that left their physical locations—offices, factories and stores—empty.


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