An average day in the workplace is likely to be peppered with dozens of social interactions. In fact, you really don’t need to try too hard to build relationships with your colleagues because you’ll bump into each other in the kitchen or cafeteria, work together closely on projects, and go for the occasional beer after work. Of course, things are a little different at the moment. Last month, 62% of Americans worked from home due to the coronavirus crisis, a figure that has doubled since mid-March. In manufacturing facilities, two colleagues who may previously have worked side-by-side will now have to maintain social distancing, which greatly cuts down on their opportunity to socialize. This means it’s necessary for remote workers to find new and creative ways to connect and maintain meaningful relationships with their colleagues. But first, let’s dig into why workplace relationships are so important.
With the continued growth and evolution of Advanced Manufacturing International, Inc. (AMI), the