The world’s largest remote working experiment started off exciting, but issues of isolation and lack of work-related resources left workers yearning for more.
While there have been many perks to remote working policies, some professionals have expressed issues with this arrangement due to having a lack of appropriate workspace at home, experiencing feelings of isolation and more.
Now that vaccines are being rolled out across the world, what can companies do to prepare for the next phase of the future of work?
According to a report from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 82% of business leaders have committed to offering remote working for least part of the week after the pandemic has ended.
“The role of the office has changed,” said Bhushan Sethi, joint global leader, people and organization at PwC. “People aren’t going to go back to five days a week. Offices are going to be hubs of innovation and social interaction.”
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However, with 65% of workers saying that maintaining morale while working from home is difficult. That is why SHRM predicts that companies will adopt “hoteling” strategies for a more agile workplace alternative.
Additionally, health will take place as top priority moving forward. From 20-second hand washing rules, sanitation stations, mask wearing and distancing protocols, it is evident that being mindful of our physical health will ring long after the pandemic has ended.
This year also brought about the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. Moving forward, companies need to do a better job of making their work culture more diverse, inclusive and equal for all employees.