Since the COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of work environments and how we communicate with our colleagues. The shift in how and where we are working presents an opportunity to reshape and reinvent the workplace for a life after COVID-19.
Changing how we define work as a single office location to a more work-at-home or anywhere that has internet is how experts say a lot of employees will be allowed to work. Because of cloud based technology and rapidly evolving policies concerning remote work, these predictions appear more accurate.
However, the only way this type of workplace is possible is if companies give their employees the correct tools, support and strategy.
HOW THE WORKPLACE CHANGED AT THE BEGINNING OF 2020
There was a study done in 2018 and it predicted that working from home (remote work) would equal or surpass in office work by 2025. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020 the future has arrived sooner rather than later. A research firm released some data in April that showed 63% of United States employees worked from home due to coronavirus.
The sudden shift to remote work has introduced new issues for both employers and employees as the virus made it necessary for organizations to prioritize safety over preparedness. Other research has shown that
- 71% of employers struggled to adjust to remote work
- 65% of employers said maintaining employee morale and well-being has been a challenge
- One-third faced difficulties with company culture
This may paint a grim picture, but another study by a research firm found that remote work had only a small negative impact on productivity despite significant logistical challenges.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM FUTURE WORKPLACES
As you know the workplace is looking a lot different now. Here are a few ways that future workplaces may look different
- Virtual workplaces – Employers that don’t require employees to work on site may see a big turn toward virtual workplaces. Certain fields, manufacturing, distribution, health care and service-related industries will still need the majority of their employees to physically go into the workplace for the business to operate. However, jobs outside of those industries may go full remote.
- Distributed offices – Since a lot more employees are working remotely, some companies or organizations may open smaller regional hubs or provide remote workers with access to local coworking spaces rather than have everyone commute to one central office.
- Online meetings –Business travel and going into the office has come to a halt during the pandemic, a lot of companies have started using video conferencing more. With video conferencing the employees working remotely could safely and effectively meet and collaborate face to face with their colleagues, clients, and customers.
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