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Post-Coronavirus Workplace

The Post-Coronavirus Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected each and every one of us. Some of us are working from home, while others are unfortunately laid off for the time being. Interviews will probably never be the same, and some employers are permanently implementing new policies to offer a more agile working environment. As a result of all of these changes, our place of work will look much different, at least for the time being. Here are just three ways the post-Coronavirus workplace will change.

Exercise more caution

Every single one of us will (or should) be more cautious going forward. If you don’t feel well, work from home, if possible. If you can’t work from home, take a sick day. If COVID-19 has taught us anything over the last couple of months, our health and the health of those around us is imperative. Even if it’s just a head cold, most people will take the precaution and stay home.

Regularly cleaning will be a must. It might even be part of your new daily or weekly routine to disinfect your tools and workstation. It may seem like overkill to some, but it’s better than the alternative. Some people may stop shaking hands as a greeting or congregating in a small breakroom for a cup of coffee. Some of these new routines will relax over time, but the workplace may look like this upon your return.

A leaner workforce

As of today, May 28, nearly 42 American workers have applied for unemployment benefits as the number of layoffs continues to grow (although at a slower rate). However, some teams may not build back up as they were before COVID-19. Many employers are doing fine with their new, smaller teams. Sometimes, less is more. So, as a job seeker, that means the market might be more competitive for the foreseeable future. As a result, you’ll have to be on you’re A-game and know how to navigate this environment! If you’re in that position, check out one of our recent blogs that offers helpful job search tips and tricks.

Flexible working conditions

Flexibility will be a huge change for many employers. Work from home will likely be a new perk that many employers were utterly against before COVID-19. Managers and executives alike are realizing that their workforce can be just as (if not more) productive. This shift will likely lead to better benefits, such as working from home for new parents or for when a child is sick. Millions of us are still working from home and successfully balancing our work and home lives. Therefore, your employer maybe a little more open-minded in the new post-Coronavirus workplace.

Since we are still feeling the effects of the pandemic, employers will likely show more flexibility for certain situations. For example, a new report shows that many parents are reluctant to return to the office because they have kids that are home alone finishing the school year online. And with some states or counties still forcing daycares to remain shut, some parents don’t have a choice to stay home with their families. Therefore, employers across the nation will be more understanding of situations like this and allow work from home days when needed.

COVID-19 Will Shape the Future Workplace

How COVID-19 Will Shape the Future Workplace

There is no disputing that the coronavirus has shaken up the workforce. The viral pandemic has made working from home the new norm for millions of workers. Thousands of employers have been encouraging or mandating employers to work remotely the last two months or so, and with the virus still hitting the labor market hard, working from home may last a few more. As a result, this shift in working environments is going to have a permanent impact even after the virus is no more. Here are three ways COVID-19 will shape the future workplace.

More flexibility

With millions of people now working from home, employers have to be more flexible. Even though more and more employers are offering the versatility of occasionally working remotely, most typically don’t offer remote work opportunities. However, with employers now allowing remote work to keep business running during mandated quarantine orders, mindsets are starting to change. Employers now realize that their workers can be just as productive (if not more so) while working from home. As a result, employers will likely be more susceptible to working from home days to offer a better work-life balance and use it as a tool to attract new employees in the future.

Better communication

Now that many of us are working from home, collaborating and communicating with our co-workers is looking much different. Instead of walking down the hall to ask a quick question or attend a weekly meeting, we are now using technologies like Microsoft Teams or Zoom to “meet.” In fact, Zoom’s stocks soared by an impressive 39% last month alone. These communication tools are allowing workers to stay in close contact with one another, even outside of the office. So now, instead of a long, drawn-out meeting that eats away a huge chunk of your day, we can send a quick message to a teammate and receive an answer in minutes. This gives us all time back in our schedules to get more work done.

this meeting could have been an email

Stronger employer-employee trust

This one is crucial. A lot of employers are skeptical (which is understandable) about allowing their employees to work remotely. Well, during this pandemic, many no longer have a choice. Employers that were once completely against working from home now have a complete team working remotely. And many are experiencing excellent results come from it. A recent survey found that working from home “not only benefits employees by eliminating their daily commutes, it also increases productivity and leads to healthier lifestyles.” This is a massive relief for employers that were against working from home before the virus impacted our workforce. As a result, employers will be more comfortable letting their teams work remotely in the future. And this trust will go a long way with employee retention.

Working from home is definitely an adjustment for both employers and their workers. However, there is a lot of good results from it and it’s safe to say that COVID-19 will shape the future workplace in a positive way.