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How the Pandemic has Changed the Work Environment

HR Tech Outlook | Tuesday, March 02, 2021

The advent of COVID-19 has driven worldwide work from home. Formerly considered a privilege, WFH was instantly the "new normal." Old theories and practices have been shattered, proving without a doubt that physical proximity is not a prerequisite for employee productivity.

Fremont, CA: With the transition to 2021, many workplace changes experienced in 2020 will continue to evolve to address the future's needs.

Will the work from home (WFH) model continue across organizations? Will businesses opt for the benefit of a hybrid work model, or will they fall back to old ways of functioning? Reflecting on the advent of COVID-19 at the beginning of 2020, certain workplace developments, which had just started to make their existence known, had to be adopted on a full scale and with immediate effect.

COVID-19-disrupter and catalyst

The advent of COVID-19 has driven worldwide work from home. Formerly considered a privilege, WFH was instantly the "new normal." Old theories and practices have been shattered, proving without a doubt that physical proximity is not a prerequisite for employee productivity.

Employee engagement and well-being have come into strong emphasis. Organizations have learned to operate from a place of trust. Employees are encouraged to choose their mode of interaction with work and home to strike the balance that fits them individually.

Organizations are now aware of the potential implications of COVID-19. That includes crisis-induced mental health issues, workplace instability, and health-related apprehensions. Genuinely human-centric companies are on the rise with initiatives that are about growth and developing a better environment.

Having already mentioned that both the pandemic and the future of employment remain an evolving situation, we do foresee certain patterns that are likely to form the culture and workplace activities in 2021:

The future is Virtual

Today, virtualization is a mandate of the "socially distancing" community. While the move to 100 percent virtual was relatively seamless for retail and other transaction-driven industries, employment and health care areas were significantly influenced by the absence of in-person interactions.

With a few Changes, WFH is here to stay –

Necessitated by COVID-19, the stigma surrounding WFH has been purged for good. The fact that variable working models demonstrate the flexible mindset of a company is epitomized by organizations that have already had policies for WFH, return to work, etc.

Establishments that only embraced WFH to keep the company going are likely to go back to old ways and may have to work more rigorously to bring about the true nature of virtual work, or else they run the risk of not becoming an appealing brand.

Tech to boost the new-Hire experience

Technology would make it possible for enhanced new-hire experience to be able to substitute in-person welcoming acceptably. It is crucial to consider logistical aspects such as technical assistance, the distribution of laptops, the induction scheme, and the joining of formalities.

 

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