While plenty of remote and hybrid organizations point to in-person gatherings such as retreats as a tool to strengthen relationships between workers, “I don't think anyone has looked at these retreats and seen how effective they are,” says Prithwiraj Choudhury, a Harvard Business School professor of business administration who studies remote and flexible work. In a paper recently presented at Stanford’s recent Remote Work Conference, Choudhury and a team of researchers from Harvard and INSEAD set out to answer just that: “The question was, does attending this retreat enhance the social connections an employee has within the firm?”
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