The COVID-19 pandemic and the responses to address its effects have fundamentally shifted the way we live and work. The impact continues today as lockdowns continue to be imposed in several parts of the world.
Today, some governments are also beginning to slowly reopen their economies and work to identify what the new normal would be like. Amid these changes, the question of what comes next and beyond persists. As human resources or HR plans actions to move forward into an unknown future, some trends can influence what the post-pandemic workplace would be like.
More Flexible and Fully Remote Work Hours
One of the most significant changes in the work environment is the shift to remote working. We can say that the change can stay around for a while. The shift in the work environment has proven that flexibility in terms of work hours is not necessarily coming at the expense of maximizing productivity and efficiency as an employee. Employees have become used to the tools that help them work remotely, regardless of whether they initially wanted it in the first place.
At the same time, the isolation in remote working has also highlighted the significance of face-to-face contact and daily interactions with co-workers. Now that workers have been very familiar with a different work setup, it is preferable to work out what can influence corporate policy and spending decisions once the crisis has passed.
Empathy, Authenticity, and Transparency
As people shift their values and motivations, with protection and safety as their top priority, we can easily say that this shift could cause permanent behavioral change. Companies and organizations should prepare for a workforce that looks at empathy, authenticity, and transparency from their leaders, which will likely be necessary to execute virtually. As mental wellbeing is embraced in productivity initiatives, it can likely influence expectations of duty of care.
Investment in Digital HR Infrastructure
For HR professionals, there would also be a rising new trend in terms of how they recruit, hire, and retain employees in an organization or company. Many processes involved have already been shifted to digital platforms such as payroll solutions to improve speed and efficiency. These changes can mean that investment in the journey to digital HR infrastructure will be accelerating in the long run.
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