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That the only thing to do is to go into our homes for the sake of safety but we also needed to continue working so the necessity motivated individuals teams and organizations to use these digital tools. It was a no choice matter right and the thing. That's been surprising to most people that i've talked to over the last fifteen months or so is how at the end of the day easy. It was to use all of these digital tools to communicate with others that it was actually doable. Now no one would say that remote work was easy and it's no panacea but it was doable. And it helped all of us with our continuity as i mentioned in my introduction. There's some mismatched expectations emerging now between employers who want people back in the office and employees who wanna stay remote or work on a hybrid schedule. How do you expect this to shake out. And who's going to have the bigger challenge to adapt. Do we ever so here you have. The numbers are staggering eighty one percent. According to harvard business school online survey want to retain some kind of remote or virtual work in their repertoire. The gardner group would site eighty seven percent. And you said that according to your gallup poll which is consistent with all of the surveys and polls that have been gathered over the last few months up to thirty five percent want to do it. Full time companies on the other hand to the tune of sixty eight or seventy percent depending on which survey you look at would want people back in person full time and this is the tension and this is the dilemma. And what we're seeing is that companies are being forced to contemplate the mix of virtual non virtual remote non remote some call it hybrid some call it dynamic but to contemplate new work arrangements because i do believe that in this time in this time in history employees have the power. Wow that's that's good to know as an employee what one of the worries expressed. And i think you've alluded to this by some leaders. Is that remote. Work will erode office culture. I think that's part of why alive. Companies want people back here in washington. Dc for example. The ceo of washingtonian magazine wrote an op. Ed arguing that up to twenty percent of employees time in the office is spent doing things like helping a colleague mentoring more junior people celebrating. Someone's birthday these are the things that make up office culture but she even suggested that people who don't wanna come back to the office will be easier to fire because they won't be doing those things and that got a lot of people at the magazine pretty annoyed and they went on strike for a day. How valid are these concerns. Does remote work change office culture and if so is that really a bad thing you know..

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