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‘Off-site work’ is still common, even among workers who are never on site.

“What a pleasure to have! Fun. Arrive. To be. Yes!” Todd Zanzinger draws a tele-tech audience on Zoom It’s an IT company’s opening ceremony of the Virtual Olympics and the music booms as Mr. Zanzinger, whose name appears on Zoom as “Hype Guy Todd,” guided 69 fellow teams through the rules of karaoke lip-syncing.

In the world of tech companies, the off-campus retreat was once a myth: a Beyoncé’s Concert for Uber employees in Las Vegas. ONE sumptuous summer camp for WeWork employees in rural England.

During the pandemic, they took a turn for the tamer: the remote puzzle. Virtual escape room. Three more hours on Zoom.

As the pandemic hit, flights, hotel suites and dinner parties were cancelled. But instead of shelving ideas off-site, companies try to recreate the magic from afar. They’ve been planning online events, and in recent months some have reverted to in-person and hybrid events.

Why, in a time when many workers are not on site to begin with, are bosses so much push to keep people off-site, a concept that by definition depends on going to a other places?

Off-site helps companies communicate messages effectively to a wide range of employees, building trust among employees and employees feel well treated without paying them extra. So the managers are trying for dear life. Off-site is more than just leaving the office. They talk about disrupting daily routines that, after nearly two years of the pandemic, can feel monotonous.

But Google Hangouts isn’t the team’s trip to Hawaii. Faced with the prospect of planning a compelling set of operations for a remote or hybrid workforce, managers rushed to consultants for help with off-site implementation.

Mat MacDonell, chief executive officer of Offsite Company, which primarily plans startup events, said: “The trajectory of our businesses has been insane since March 2020. (Mr. Zanginger works for him.) He added, “We were in hyper growth mode.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/27/business/the-off-site-is-still-popular-even-for-workers-who-are-never-on-site.html ‘Off-site work’ is still common, even among workers who are never on site.

Fry Electronics Team

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