THAT’S EASY TO EXPLAIN. BUT FIRST,LET’S GO BACK TO THE END OF 2019 FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING.
Before the pandemic hit everyone globally, the majority of companies in the world had an office-first approach. Few companies allowed (and accommodated) remote work - with the majority of them being in the IT sector.
The Virtual Forge has always recognised, since its genesis, the importance of maintaining a balance between remote work and in-office work. Right from its start, more than 10 years ago now, The Virtual Forge operated fully remote. As the company grew and the teams expanded, with larger projects and more complex inter-dynamics, it became apparent that the lack of physical interaction and collaboration hindered team relationships.
The investment made in physical spaces at that time enabled team members to establish meaningful relationships, perceiving aspects about their colleagues that may have been more challenging to discern in a remote setting. As a result, The Virtual Forge's culture flourished and bloomed while the company shifted from being remote-first to a hybrid approach. This change allowed The Virtual Forge to develop an outstanding company culture that persists today.
But then Covid happened and the world went remote (and crazy) almost overnight.
For the first time ever, the majority of the global IT workforce was working remotely. This was only possible due to the current state of the internet, technology, and all those buzzwords we have been hearing about since 2020. But what else happened?
Amidst the pandemic-induced lockdown, many employees and companies observed a positive shift in their work-life balance. A study conducted by Gallup in late 2021, showed that 71% of respondents found hybrid/remote work to improve their work-life balance.
When all lockdowns and restrictions were slowly lifted throughout 2021 and 2022, certain companies reverted to their pre-pandemic in-office operations. But everyone had changed and the majority of employees wanted at least the possibility of working on a hybrid model - combining both the benefits of working from home being on site.
Although the hybrid or remote model brings advantages, it also means that it gets harder to separate work from our personal lives. Who hasn’t had a peek at the work email at 9 pm? Who hasn’t replied to a message to make sure something could start early in the morning? Most of us have done it.
This is where the responsibility for work-life balance falls on everyone in the company, not just leadership. And by working towards it, we unlock some great benefits:
At The Virtual Forge, we encourage and support employees in their health and work life balance with these tactics:
This is what we encourage and work towards every day at VF. And all of these are welcomed by our staff with a big smile.
If you are looking to do something similar in your company, just remember:
happy staff = productive staff.
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