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Fostering Positive Environments for Remote Work, Part 1

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<p class="author">By <a href="https://www.uxmatters.com/authors/archives/2017/02/jon_walter.php">Jonathan Walter</a></p>

<p>The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted how we do our work in unprecedented ways—some of which have arguably been positive. While many people have expressed a desire to return to their workplace after 16 months in lockdown, <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/americans-want-keep-working-remotely-at-home-work-schedule/" title="41% of Americans">41% of Americans</a> want to <em>continue</em> working remotely on a part-time, hybrid basis because they’ve experienced an improved work-life balance. As remote work continues to reshape the policies of many large companies—including those who are beginning to encourage their employees to return to their physical offices, even if just part time—it’s important to step back and reflect on what we’ve learned from this shift to remote work. Companies must continue to help employees feel supported and satisfied in their jobs—wherever they are.</p>
<p class="sub-p">In this column, which is Part 1 of a two-part series, I’ll share my experiences with managing remote UX professionals and teams. I’ll provide some tips for avoiding pitfalls that could arise if managers and leaders are <em>not</em> mindful of how remote work affects their employees. Although I’m writing this column from a manager’s point of view, <em>anyone</em> can work with their manager or other leaders in their company to foster a positive, remote-working environment. I’ll cover the following tips in Part 1:</p>
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<li>offering flexibility in camera readiness</li>
<li>creating safe spaces for employees to vent and connect</li>
<li>demonstrating trust <a href="https://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2021/08/fostering-positive-environments-for-remote-work-part-1.php" class="read_more_link">Read More</a></li>
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