Offices around the world are becoming emptier and quieter as a growing number of employees opt to work from home or log in from their local cafe. In the U.S., 69 percent of companies now have a flexible workspace policy, according to research from the International Workplace Group. In Germany, the number is even higher: 80 percent.
Companies with remote workforces tout lower costs, increased productivity and a wider pool of job applicants to choose from. Employees, meanwhile, can spend more time with their families, save money on or eliminate commuting costs, and enjoy more flexible schedules.
But switching to a remote-work model also comes with challenges, including feelings of isolation and burnout for the employees who don't come into the main office every day. In fact, roughly 82 percent of remote employees reported feeling burnt out, according to research from DigitalOcean.
In an effort to retain their remote employees and attract new talent, a growing number of companies are gathering their staff for regularly scheduled face-to-face meetings throughout the year. Read the full story on NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com for tips on how to get the most out of corporate retreats and ensure your employees return to work feeling refreshed.