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It’s better for everyone, so will you go back to the office full ...


It’s better for everyone, so will you go back to the office full time?

Career-building and company culture rely on co-workers being together as much as possible

Allison Schrager

It’s time to go back to the office. No one wants to hear this, but eventually you’ll be commuting five days a week. Perhaps, as someone who worked from home most of her career, I’m not the right messenger. Nevertheless, it’s the truth.

I recently spoke to a 50-ish successful executive at a large US media company. She said she never wanted to go back to the office. She loved working from her second home in Miami — or the resort in Mexico she just returned from. She said she was just as productive, if not more, working this way. I asked if she thought the arrangement was equally good for junior staff.

This executive had built valuable contacts, culture and camaraderie by logging many hours in the office with her co-workers while rising through the ranks. There is a lot of grunt work early in a career, but time in the trenches with colleagues, ordering takeaways when you work through dinner and going out for drinks afterwards, is what helps make it bearable. You form relationships that last the rest of your professional life...

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