During the pandemic, we were all isolated. Consequently, teams became very insulated. If they didn’t have to collaborate with other teams, it simply didn’t happen. The logistical challenges were just too difficult. The relationship building and collaboration that would have naturally occurred if, for example, we were all working on the same floor or bumping into each other while getting our afternoon coffee, was simply impossible. This is a challenge if you want to develop a well-rounded workforce—one where people have both the skills and interpersonal connections to thrive within your organization.
To reframe this challenge into opportunity, leaders should remember that we are in a post-pandemic world. Reimagine face-to-face time as an opportunity to deepen cross-functional relationships, build culture, and share information about our successes and challenges.