The Future of Work after the COVID-19 Outbreak
Updated: Sep 9, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak has completely impacted the economy and the way people work. Before the pandemic, some companies had implemented the remote working trend to improve their work/life balance. However, this trend significantly increased with coronavirus lockdown.
On the other hand, some industries were negatively affected by the pandemic, so they had to shut their doors. However, others were resilient and found new ways to continue working. Some of those companies that continued their activities despite the pandemic were the logistics and tech industries. Now, how will the workplace look like in a post-coronavirus world?
Will the Remote Work Trend Stay?
According to a recent report from the Federal Statistical Office, the remote working trend was from 19% to 24% between 2013 and 2018. It was expected to continue growing with time. However, the coronavirus outbreak significantly increased this growth. According to Deloitte, during the coronavirus pandemic, the number of employees working from home doubled.
Many people think that after the pandemic, the number of remote workers will go back to how it was before. However, Deloitte recently conducted a survey that says the contrary. According to this survey, 25% of employees were working remotely before the coronavirus. Yet, 34% believe they’ll be working from home after the pandemic.
Support Organizational Priorities
Many countries have started to suspend quarantine or apply flexible rules. Therefore, many people have returned to work. However, this doesn’t mean we’ll go back to the old normal. Companies will have to redesign their workspace.
Some companies have started to implement a new schedule where only a couple of workers go to the physical facilities while others stay at home and work remotely. Some indispensable roles must go to the office, and they must have a place where they can safely work. Therefore companies may also create or adapt cubicles where their workers can operate while maintaining social distancing.
Resilience Will Be a Top Priority Skill
In these situations, like the one we’re currently living, resilience is a crucial factor in surviving as a company. Therefore, companies will more likely hire employees that are adaptable, flexible, and resilient.
In the post-coronavirus world, businesses can’t be static, and they must find new ways to overcome situations like this one. The whole team must be synchronized with the company’s goal of being resilient: Ingrid Laman, the Vice President at Gartner, said in a recent report:
“D&I leaders will need to be involved in role design and creation of flexible work systems to ensure that employees of all backgrounds and needs are considered when the organization designs new workflows.”
Healthcare Habits May Remain
As mentioned before, companies may also find new ways to continue implementing healthcare systems to avoid spreading the virus before we have a vaccine. That’s why the remote working trend may continue for some members of the companies. However, companies may also implement healthcare rules like the imposition of wearing a face mask or maintaining social distancing.
Non-Traditional Monitoring Methods
In the past, companies may have monitored their employees by seeing their reports or checking their paperwork. Today, this is a bit different. Due to the remote working trend, the best way to monitor employees’ performance is with online tools. According to a recent report from Gartner, companies are now using different tools to do data analysis. Some of these tools are virtual clocking, computer usage, and private group chats.
The work field after COVID-19 may seem a little different from what it used to be. The remote working trend will probably stay, and companies will have to embrace healthcare habits to maintain their workers’ health.
Thank you Career Karma for contributing this blog.