For the remote or hybrid market to be mainstream, some people/companies have to take risks for others, and this could give a long-term competitive advantage to them with better people retention rate. But why does it take so long to implement social innovations?

As humans, we need to “see” to decide

As humans - our perception is directed by our nervous system and our five senses. Among them, the most important one is the vision. Experts consider it to be the engine of half our brain resources consumption. No wonder we rely so much on visual cues or images for persuasion purposes.

For this reason, a hybrid workspace and its in-person meetings fulfill that strong need for leaders to make critical decisions on site. But as for regular work, everyone knows that the focus is much better working from home. In addition, with good communication habits in a virtual environment, it’s highly feasible to maintain the level of trust, an attribute of high-performing teams.

Is it a matter of time?

I had this discussion lately about the timeframe in our history to heal war traumas and overcome PTSD. Unfortunately, it takes a lifetime to heal traumas in a human life span, and in our history, it can translate into a generational period.

This is not very encouraging in our ability to quickly reconstruct our emotions and brains to believe in a better future. Some of us are better at this game, though. They are resilient people. And we’ve learned a lot about resilience over the past year. But that’s how it works as humans. It takes time.

I believe it’s no coincidence that we put the legal period of 50 years before authorizing secrets to be revealed or creations to fall in the public domain.

However, the process has already started exceptionally well, considering all the early adopters of a flexible workspace. Hybrid or remote remains the future of work even if doing it “in a human way” can take time.