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Key Workplace Trends for 2021

HR Tech Outlook | Tuesday, March 02, 2021

The pandemic has not only changed how people work but also when they work. With child care centers closed and schools moving to distance learning, many people had to adapt their work schedules to the needs of their children.

Fremont, CA: For almost a year, COVID-19 has compelled a "distributed work experience" that represents a remarkable achievement for US workers and workplaces. The percentage of Americans working some at home jumped from around 25 percent to more than 60 percent, basically overnight, and most of those workers report an approximately seamless transition.

Many of the changes in the workplace required by COVID-19 are likely to have an impact on how companies work long after the pandemic ends. Some employees have discovered that they like working from home, at least some of the time, and with lesser full-time on-site workers, many employers are considering reducing property footprints to cut costs.

Increased Flexibility Expectations – Work Location and Work Time

The pandemic has not only changed how people work but also when they work. With child care centers closed and schools moving to distance learning, many people had to adapt their work schedules to the needs of their children. Day of work for many is now a piece of time spaced out by day and night. These circumstances have brought adaptability and flexibility to the forefront of critical skills for today's employers as well as employees.

After almost a year of this "new normal," many companies have allowed employees to work all the time remotely. Many office or technology workers fall into this category. Another segment of employees simply has to be in the worksite to perform their jobs, perhaps to operate a piece of equipment or to engage directly with customers. Examples include a number of employees in the retail, manufacturing, and healthcare sectors. Then there are those employees who can work remotely but with reduced returns in terms of quality of work or productivity. In the education sector, many parents, students and teachers recognize that while school can be done remotely, the quality of learning, as well as teaching, is usually better when done in person.

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