According to the Harvard Business Review: “Experts project that within a few years, more than 1.3 billion people will work virtually worldwide. That’s no surprise. It’s a trend we all see every day in our own business experience. Technology makes it possible for teams and colleagues to connect and collaborate across the country, or across the globe.
Employees like the flexibility of a virtual work style. And companies like the cost savings. For example, according to INC Magazine, companies can save up to $11,000 per year for each virtual employee they hire. So, it makes perfect sense.
But there’s a downside to remote and virtual teams.
Untethered, virtual employees complain that their work lives often lack a sense of community and the richness of collaboration. Many experience far too little unstructured social contact.