The Importance of Returning to the Office After Remote Working

Remote working took most companies by surprise in early 2020. Finding a way to navigate expectations and work trends throughout the pandemic was unique for each company, primarily thanks to technological advances and innovation. Many companies have continued to support the trend of remote working because they believe it is a way to increase productivity while still allowing flexible schedules for employees. However, does it actually make your employees more productive, or is it an illusion that hurts your team’s culture?

While the idea of not having to commute or have meetings in person while still completing your job responsibilities may seem like a dream, it could negatively impact the rest of your company and your wellbeing.

Let’s explore why returning to the office after remote work can be beneficial for everyone involved.

The rise of remote working

It’s estimated that 1 in 4 American workers will continue to work remotely until the end of 2021, with a total of 22% of the workforce becoming completely remote by 2025. The demand for remote working increased during Covid-19, where a large percentage of the workforce experienced working from home for the first time.

Along with this, remote workers found some advantages, such as saving an average of 40 minutes every day from a daily commute and an average monthly savings of $500 per month from working remotely.

The disadvantages of remote working

While statistics make remote working sound appealing, there are many ways that remote working has impaired companies and business professionals, which is why it is important to return to the office when it is safe to do so.

Some examples of the disadvantages of remote working include:

Decreased collaboration 

Remote working has led to a 23% decrease in team collaboration, which means less teamwork and development on assigned projects. This can be especially harmful to junior team members who are not able to work closely with the rest of their colleagues and learn the valuable skills they need to know to succeed and grow within their industry. Unlike office life, where you can approach others in person with questions, you’re limited to virtual meetings or Slack chats with remote working.

Decreased productivity

While remote working sounds good because you can work whenever and wherever, many times when our minds wander. Whether it’s checking emails, surfing the web for “research” purposes or doing other tasks that may not be the best use of your time, productivity can drop while working remotely compared to being in the office.

Lack of inspiration

When you’re surrounded by people all day, every day, there’s a lot of inspiration that comes from that environment. However, when everyone is working remotely, and you’re unable to see your colleagues or surroundings. It can be easy for employees’ creativity levels to diminish as they work without any outside influence.

Lack of work/life balance

Remote working can make it very easy to overwork yourself simply because you can’t tell when your day at work is finished. With no one keeping track of that for you, many employees end up working past their regular hours without realizing that they should’ve stopped long before then. This creates a lack of work-life balance, increased stress and more burnout among employees.

Increased distractions

When employees work remotely, they tend to lose focus and get distracted more easily. There are tons of tasks that can steal away attention, such as household chores or errands, that can decrease productivity while working from home. In an office environment, everyone can focus on the task at hand instead of being consumed with things that are not work-related.

Reduced relationships with coworkers

Remote working can also lead to a lack of relationships with coworkers, which is especially harmful to managers who do not get the opportunity to build up their leadership skills and create stronger bonds within their teams. Relationships are hard to build over messaging and emails or through video chat. 


Even though remote working may sound like a good idea because you’re free to work from wherever, the lack of human connection can make employees feel isolated and alone. This is especially true for those who do not have family or friends in their area that they can spend time with when not at work. In addition, being isolated makes it easier to lose focus and feel like there’s no reason to work because you’re unable to see the results of your hard work.

The future of working: remote as needed

It’s clear that returning to the office after remote working is the best option for both businesses and employees. However, while there are many benefits to being able to work from anywhere, it’s essential not to forget about how beneficial in-office collaboration can be as well. After all, knowledge sharing between teams is crucial in any company so that everyone has a chance to learn new skills and develop their abilities.

Remote working can still be offered on a need basis to allow for flexibility to go to the doctors, take care of a sick child or any other specific situations your employees may face.

There are many ways to do this, with the easiest being allowing employees to work from home on specific days of their choice or facilitating a flexible work remote policy. This provides them with more freedom and control over their schedule while still having the opportunity to collaborate, learn new things and create stronger relationships within teams. In addition, with team members working together in an office setting, they can form bonds that last a lifetime and develop strong leaders moving forward.


Since remote working can lead to overworking, distractions, lack of relationships with coworkers and isolation, employees need to go back into the office. Moving forward, remote working will always be available on a needs basis because although there are many benefits, in-office collaboration is essential too. This way, teams will have an opportunity to collaborate, learn new skills, develop themselves as leaders and create stronger intercompany bonds with their colleagues.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related


How to Craft Corporate Culture in a Remote World

In March 2020, companies around the world were forced to rapidly shift to remote operations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. And while the pandemic wreaked havoc on life as ... Read more »

What Motherhood Taught Me About Perfecting a Business Pitch

I’ve worn many different hats in my lifetime: Silicon Valley tech executive, business founder, single mom and CEO, but no matter the role, effective communication is a skill that proves ... Read more »

The Myth of the 'Overnight Success' and How Brilliant Ideas Actually Emerge

Anecdotally, Jerry Seinfeld’s pitch for one of the most famous sitcoms of all time starts with this phrase: “I have an idea for a show.” The notion that all it takes is ... Read more »

Putting People First in Your Business

Behind the Review host and Yelp’s Small Business Expert, Emily Washcovick, shares a look at this week’s episode of the podcast. A business is more than just brick and mortar and a few products. It’s ... Read more »

How to Not Let Impostor Syndrome Sabotage Your Worth

Whether we choose to indulge it substantially or not, a sense of not being quite enough in our profession virtually all entrepreneurs have felt to some degree. It creeps up ... Read more »

The United States will maintain restrictions for people vaccinated with Sputnik V, according to WP

Although previously the United States (EU) received foreigners vaccinated against COVID-19 or not, recently, the North American country did not modify these rules and now receives only vaccinated foreigners. But ... Read more »

6 Reasons Why Some Experts Say Owning a Home Messes Up Your Finances

You’ve heard it: “You throw your money away when you rent.” contributor/ – MarketBeat Whether the advice came from your grandmother or it came directly from a financial professional, ... Read more »

10 Things Every Woman Should Remember for Maximum Personal and Professional Success

Working women in all different professional facets are faced with the task to do it all under more pressure than our male counterparts. Especially as a woman who works in ... Read more »

These Are the Biggest Blind Spots in Diversity Initiatives, According to 8 Women Experts

“The murder of Mr. George Floyd was a tipping point for corporate America. But diverse people in general, and Black people in particular, are still having to deal with racism ... Read more »

Why Servant Leadership is Becoming the Leadership Style of the Future

Many people hear of transformative leadership, which sees people’s needs as a means to an end. Transformative leadership believes that fulfilling people’s needs will bring a positive change in them. ... Read more »

Her Low-Income Patients Were Labeled 'Noncompliant and Defiant.' So She Raised $500 Million to Build a Healthcare Company That Put Them First.

When Toyin Ajayi, MD, began practicing family medicine in Boston, she cared for a patient for several years. “She had a number of chronic physical health diagnoses and a long ... Read more »

How to Lead With Your Values, Regardless of Industry

What are your company’s most basic ethical and societal principles? If you can rattle them off without checking your website, well done. Even if you can’t, what matters far more ... Read more »

100 Women of Impact In 2021

Welcome to Entrepreneur’s annual 100 Women list! When deciding who (among the many incredible women we reviewed) to highlight this year, we asked one question: Who is making an impact? In the pages ... Read more »

Imposter Syndrome in the Boardroom: How Executives Handle Self-Doubt

Imposter syndrome occurs when people don’t believe they deserve respect or rewards for their accomplishments. They live in fear that their accomplishments have been a fluke and they will be ... Read more »

The Right People in the Right Seats Means the Difference Between Success and Failure

Entrepreneurs know that building a business can be frustrating at times, but many don’t expect a top source of that frustration to be their employees. Founders love building businesses innovating, and ... Read more »

Pressure to Succeed Translates into Stress for Entrepreneurs

There has been a growing focus on mental health and work – but this has been restricted to start-ups, and mental health at the workplace. We have conversations about employee ... Read more »

What a Sock Company Can Teach Us About Purpose-Driven Business

Socks.  Are they useful? Absolutely. Inspiring? Not to most people.  Read more »

Use These 2 Strategies to Unlock Your Greatest Leadership Potential

The hot and cold approach to growth as a leader is not sustainable and leads to burnout. Successful leaders understand the key to accomplishing their goals, and living a rich ... Read more »

How 8 Women Investors Are Fixing the Shocking Lack of Funding For Women-Led Startups

“VC firms need to promote women. As of February 2020, only 13 percent of decision-makers were female. Women investors are more likely to invest in female founders, and data shows ... Read more »

If You Cringe at the Thought of Talking to Your Co-Workers, Follow These 5 Steps for Better Conversations

Conversations at work are a tricky prospect: On the one hand, they involve regular interactions with people we (mostly) know, talking about subjects we ought to be familiar with. Then why ... Read more »

A Disability Ended My Corporate Career, But It Pushed Me to Build the Life I Really Wanted

I was killing it in Silicon Valley as one of the top producers at a computer-consulting firm at the age of 22. I brought in more than $2 million in ... Read more »

5 Reasons Why Leaders Fail

Leading is hard. In today’s volatile world, the pressure to perform and execute has never been greater. Imposter syndrome can set in, causing leaders to question whether they have what it ... Read more »

4 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From a Roman Emperor

When we are young, the word “leader” is influenced by the stories of mythological gods, comic book heroes and athletes splashed across Wheaties boxes and Olympic podiums. As our minds ... Read more »

8 Women Stars of the Tech World on How the Pandemic Changed Everything

“The pandemic showed us the power of community, and our ability to shift from in-person to digital and social engagement. Digital community accelerates the flywheel of education, facilitates fast information ... Read more »

Lauren Simmons Breaks Retail-Investing Barriers in New Docuseries, 'Going Public'

Lauren Simmons is in the business of shattering glass ceilings and helping companies raise capital in untraditional ways. At just 27 years old, she’s already made waves as the youngest ... Read more »

How to Draft an Effective Founders' Agreement

Things can move very quickly when you’re a startup. There are big decisions to be made every day, and it’s tempting to cut corners before the groundwork has been laid. There ... Read more »

Her Mother Was Killed by a Drunk Driver. Now She's CEO of a Powerful Alcohol Company. Here's What Made Her 'Walk Into the Fire.'

A lot of people ask me, ‘Why would you be the CEO of an alcohol company?’” Ann Mukherjee says. It’s a fair question. Mukherjee, 56, is the chairman and CEO ... Read more »

She Was Homeless. Now She Runs a $25 Million Investment Fund for Women of Color.

In college, Arian Simone launched a clothing boutique in a mall in Jacksonville, Florida — but when she went to raise capital for it, she realized there were very few ... Read more »

8 Women Founders Talk About the Biggest Missed Opportunities in Retail

“Gone are the days of ‘retail’ or ‘e-commerce’ shopping. Soon enough, if you see it, you can buy it — from scanning a sweater on a friend’s back to texting ... Read more »

Remote Team Management: 7 Best Practices

Business owners accustomed to monitoring productivity based on pure worker visibility can easily struggle with remote employee management. Employees, too, may feel out of sorts in the beginning while they ... Read more »

3 Signs You're an Entrepreneur at Heart

These days, anyone can become an entrepreneur thanks to all the digital resources available at your fingertips. However, what many entrepreneurs soon learn after taking the leap into owning their ... Read more »

How Diversity Helped Bring My Company Together

Diversity, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, “is the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations.”  ... Read more »

How to form a successful work team?

Forming a successful and committed work team is one of the most important challenges that can exist in a company. Every organization must ensure that it has professionals in the ... Read more »

From Marketing Professional to Founder and CEO: How Other Leaders Can Find and Share Their Voice

I never thought my passion for marketing would translate into my role as CEO and co-founder of my own company. I have always been driven by engaging with others and ... Read more »

6 Critical Considerations Before Relocating Your Business to Another City

Moving your business to a new city can sound like a desirable prospect at first glance. There might be better opportunities, better living conditions, or perhaps the city may be ... Read more »

4 Things I Learned From My Ecommerce Business in the First Year

When I started my floral venture, I was well aware that I was entering a territory where business usually passed on from generation to generation. Floral executives tend to be ... Read more »

5 Tips for Starting a Successful Company

The year 2020 was a washout — and we’d all like to forget it. But despite the chaos and uncertainty, despite the misery, fear and tension, businesses flourished; 2020 may have been ... Read more »

How Having Entrepreneurial Parents Refined My Own Business Acumen

My parents were a bit unconventional growing up. To start with, my mom worked. For perspective, in the 1970s, she was the only working mom I knew — none of my ... Read more »

How to Become a Coach That Makes a Real Difference

As a young person, I was fascinated by entrepreneurship. Gradually, I learned that being an entrepreneur was about identifying a need in the market and creating a solution to meet ... Read more »

Launch an Amazon Side Hustle Today

The side hustle is on the rise and showing no signs of stopping. After a third of Americans reported having a side hustle at the beginning of the year, the ... Read more »