Understanding the changing work environment
It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has caused drastic changes to our family, social and work life. Although it is easy to be overwhelmed by it, the future of workplace technology, employee interaction, and the work environment is looking up. Some of these changes are not new. Most companies are aware that work was moving toward telecommuting, but the pandemic had definitely expedited that movement. As digital workplace experts, our goal is to help companies adapt to these major work shifts, deploy elite modern solutions, and support the longevity of their business. In this article, we will outline the major ways coronavirus will change the way we work, on an economical, sociological, and technological level.
The future work environment will have changes from both sides of the spectrum:
1. What the company does for you.
2. What you do for the company.
What the company does for you:
Working remotely during this pandemic has changed the company’s approach to problem solving. Response time has increased, innovation has flourished, and collaboration is not only encouraged but necessary. This has allowed employees to experiment with the most efficient way to work together as well as empowered them to find solutions in a creative and communicative way.
The crisis has also brought out effective leaders and highlighted the importance of clear communication, calmness, empathy, and decisive action. This understanding will pave the way for future leadership best practices and tactics. In addition to how leaders interact with employees, the importance of how employees interact with each other is also recognized.
There will also be a focus company culture, promoting employee interaction and interest. This is already done in some companies by actively monitoring, managing and curating. Additionally, there will be a bigger focus on the holistic employee well being: physical, mental and emotional. Support for mental health, specifically, has gotten more attention and appreciation for its importance. Support systems have been put in place during the pandemic to manage the pressures of career, social and family that will most likely remain and become a more integral part of work life in the future. Moving forward, by prioritizing a good “work life balance”, employee engagement and motivation will increase.
What you do for the company:
How employees work for the company has already changed during this crisis and is likely to be permanently flexible in the future. With a quality digital workplace platform, companies are able to support a broader range of remote work situations as well as benefit the employee by reducing stress and increasing productivity.
With these benefits, companies are able to have access to a wider talent pool and experience better employee retention rates. How employees work with others has changed for the better during this crisis. The unity between teammates has improved because of the crisis we all have in common. Diversity has increased as people expand their views of how they can contribute in different ways. And overall, empathy about work life has elevated. Although a stressful time, this crisis can also offer employees a renewed career opportunity. As new problems arise in companies and employees’ roles expand to solve these problems, they gain valuable skills and experience they didn’t have before.
Business Expenses, Innovation, and Technical Demands
All companies are absorbing major costs right now and coming out of this crisis, many will seek to reduce or limit costs until they are able to stabilize themselves. This may consist of making major enterprise changes, such as: reducing traveling expenses, supporting sustainability, downsizing their company space, promoting remote work, decreasing energy consumption, etc. Organizations are faced with difficult challenges however, their ability to adjust and strategically plan in these times of urgent will ensure their continuity after the crisis.
There has also been an exponential increase in the demand of innovative technology as people find flexibility and real time communication a necessity for remote working. To match this demand, technology has prioritized video and virtual meeting enhancement, team meeting features, organizational tools and automation. These platforms have increased employee productivity and performance by creating an easier and user friendly way to have real-time cross team and cross division collaboration. From this communication, teams have become more self- organized and the importance of project management is evident now more than ever. Additionally, remote working has also forced employees to become more comfortable with this technology, leaving them more prepared for remote work in the future. The demand for the innovation of new technology has created a new standard for work environments, a new “normal”. These innovations are necessary now, practical and productive overall, and will remain and expand in the future.
How will organizations survive the change?
1. Adapting to technological needs – Finding premium support, a strong network infrastructure, expert-knowledge, security, and top-tier online communication & collaboration solutions.
2. Leadership, transparency, and employee support – Keep employees connected and supported through a clear communication, flexible scheduling, mental health awareness, and collaborative efforts.
3. Budgeting – The investments and financial decisions that organizations make have to be fundamentally important to the business and its people.
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