The elegant model from Csíkszentmihályi shows when you get the match between challenge and skill right you can enter a flow state. It's a beautiful place to be, where you become "completely involved in an activity for its own sake."
Do you remember the last time you were 'in the zone'? Was it while working remotely? Was it in sport? Was it whilst you learned a new skill for a hobby you are passionate about?
The current context creates an interesting spin on this. Many companies will soon assess and prioritise who to keep remote versus those that come back to an office. There are a myriad of factors to weigh up. One useful consideration is the likelihood a remote environment creates the conditions needed for a person to enter a flow state. Some questions that help test this:
❤ How have individuals felt? Have they been experiencing the flow state more or less when at home?
📈 What aspects of remote work are making the role more/less challenging? How has this shifted over time?
📚 What new skills will help deal with the evolving demands and changes in the role?
🛠 What resources and tools would help reduce the challenge/increase capability to do the job well remotely?