The beginning of 2020 has brought fresh hopes for everyone. With new innovations and developments arriving every single day, our work-life has grown over time. But the unexpected outbreak of COVID-19 has changed our work culture in ways we've never expected.
Companies around the world are facing the crisis and innovating working models that are tailored to the present circumstances. Well, these shifts challenge the basic nature of organizational work and serve as catalysts to reshape the future of work after COVID-19.
Working Remotely - A Predicted Future Trend
As the future of work moves further into remote environments, physical communication will become less popular and replaced by more efficient systems connected to the cloud, and office politics will become less important, as hybrid work is the new normal. In a future workplace, we will see AI expand into all kinds of applications, and even frequently used to manage network traffic and access and data analysis for businesses, to support work more effectively from anywhere.
Workers most affected by viruses and automation will be one step ahead in improving and retraining their skills to meet their employers’ needs and create more opportunities, including through a new and diverse talent pipeline. These skills will lead to an even more diverse working environment and a more flexible working environment in our future plans.
Redefine Organization Culture
The future of work would be to analyze which skills will be most important in the further development of the workforce. We already see companies hiring for the position of wellness director and expect it to increase within a decade, as we believe that the future of work increasingly depends on the well-being of future workers. In addition to the growth of quotas, we can expect companies to continue to experiment with new forms of flexible work, such as part-time and conditional work. What we know for certain is that changes that will lead to a more flexible future of work will take place, but not in a linear fashion.
The introduction of collaborative technology in the workplace encourages more companies to lay the foundations for improved telecommunications experiences. By promoting the ability to network internally and exchange information, data, and information about their employees, it will shape the future of work and encourage more companies to lay the foundations for a more flexible work environment, such as introducing flexible schedules and improving the experience of telecommuting.
When organizations plan to return to work, they should consider how to encourage and provide opportunities for workers to develop and adapt based on their potential and existing skills. In addition to "getting back to work," companies can harness the power of technology to gather insight about the workforce by compiling the key questions they need to ask to get the real-time insights that employees need.
Enhancing Employer-Employee Relationship Virtually
The pandemic not only changed the way people work but also the way we communicate with others. Instead of face-to-face conversations, conferences, discussions, or meetings are now running on online channels such as Zoom, Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, etc. and in-person contact points are very small. Digital initiatives to preserve the spirit of cooperation and to improve the relationship between employers and workers in order to maintain the morale of the workforce are therefore very necessary.
Switch to the Future
The pace and depth of the changes in which this situation affects your strategy and the way forward will depend on a multitude of elements: your industry, scale, venue, investment potential, etc. Every manager should take lessons from the last few months and apply smartly to their vision to build their own 'future of work'. As organizational complexity complicates career paths, offering expertise and career development support — for example, by creating tools and building networks to make internal roles more visible.
Companies are adapting quickly to the changes brought about by COVID- 19 and, as the world returns to a new normal, they must make big decisions and seize the opportunity to return to work by designing and applying lessons, practices, and goodwill based on accelerated crisis response. Although this is a time of deep uncertainty, organizations can be prepared and ready to be ahead if they pay attention to work trends and future planning.
This gives companies a good picture of what they can do to build a sense of mission for their workers. The future of work will therefore see more concrete priorities and direct ties between the leader and the teams. The secret to success and development is to make organizational goals and priorities clear to all.