07 May How the coronavirus pandemic will impact the future of work
Almost overnight the coronavirus pandemic changed the working lives of many. The economic impact Covid-19 is having on the UK is detrimental, forcing employers to reconsider multiple factors all at once. In order to survive, many companies have categorised their workforce into “essential work” and “non-essential”, with all non essential workers now, at best working from home, or furloughed.
Initiating working from home has been a new challenge for many employers. This has required a rapid revamp in current procedures and routines. A new perspective has been opened up in the world of work, with a light shining on what’s important in life.
So, how might this impact the future world of work?
Implementing a skeleton staff only in the office.
Following this pandemic, many companies have had to adapt and invest in setting-up their staff to effectively work from home. This has resulted in a reconsideration of which team members are business critical to work from an office. We think offices will become more of a collaboration hub with an increase in open plan areas, hot desking and technology such as automatic lighting. We also think these office spaces will be used predominantly for meeting with employees working from home only entering the office when absolutely necessary.
Say goodbye to meetings and hello to more emails and video calls.
Have you noticed your inbox being constantly full, or your calendar now busier than ever? Being in lockdown has forced everyone to utilise technology to communicate better. The integration of remote conference calls and video meetings will be a slick operation by the time lockdown is lifted. Continuing with this level of communication will only benefit businesses specifically financially. Hosting video meetings will reduce overall travel costs to the company.
Office friendships closer than ever.
Before the pandemic broke, we took for granted the ability to see and hear our fellow colleagues. They say the heart grows fonder with distance, so we think the bonds you’ve built during Covid-19 will continue to grow. As a nation we won’t take for granted how valuable human presence is. Teams will be even more in sync and desk lunches will become a thing of history. We will however be interested to see if the handshake will make a return?
Working 9-to-5 could become a distant memory.
An increased focus on time management and staff health and well-being is one of the many positives to come out of the coronavirus pandemic. In order to improve productivity and benefit many working parents, managers have opened their eyes to the ways of flexible working. As well as flexibility, many companies have thrown caution to the wind with hours of work, instead putting a keen focus on employee output. Staff morale and productivity levels have reported to surge and we think this will continue post pandemic.
Employers are continually reviewing what’s best for their employees and the business and so, our prediction is that certain changes are here to stay, for the better.