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Friday April 25th 2014

Oxytocin boosting performance in virtual offices – really?

Studies have shown that oxytocin may just be the thing to keep a workplace—especially a virtual office—thriving. Wait, you must be asking. Oxytocin? How does this chemical compound fit in?

The ups and downs of a virtual office

One of the features of virtual office living is that the employees don’t even have to share one office location in order to do work. This means that a team can be split—one group in one building, another in a different building, or have individual workers operating from all over the state. While this is something worth looking into since it cuts down the need to rent a big office space for an exorbitant price, the lack of human contact that results from this could be detrimental to the cohesiveness of the team.

So even though your employees may be connected through a VoIP phone service (regardless of what type of VoIP it is, whether it is Skype, GoogleTalk, Ringcentral, and others), they still don’t feel the human connection that they need to become an outstanding team. Oxytocin is the neurochemical compound that triggers the feeling of trust, empathy, and family-like bonds in humans and, according to studies, it is essential for making employees work harder and become more motivated.

Why should a leader care about this?

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