Coronavirus workplace

Has Coronavirus changed the future of how we work?

It has been a hard couple of months, for some harder than for others. While some people enjoyed taking a break from work and school, others have been struggling to keep their business in the running.

Quite a few ups and downs for the whole world. There was a lot of panicking, heartbreaks and deaths, compulsive buying over to relaxation and family time, enough sleep, new skills. Everyone just aimed to use this time to do some unfinished jobs or get a well-deserved rest.

What really got a hard hit were the businesses that were forced to close down their offices and move their work into the rooms of their homes or simply put, remote work. Of course at the beginning of it, it seemed hard, complicated, and maybe not even possible. But as they began, they got a pretty good grab at it.

Online conferences, zoom calls, emails, for some even flexible working hours. Businesses have been doing everything in their power to stay on their feet and to ensure the future of their employees in the company.

Now that the countries are gradually opening, employers are likely to return to traditional ways of working.

BUT this experience has taught us that there may be a way to implement this remote work thing in the future as a long-term strategy and embracing it as a normal way of working. The pandemic had us participating in an experiment and an idea of a work-from-home environment.

It surely makes business owners curious about handling future work organizations and how they can really simplify and save resources from having their employees work from home.

What positive take can we observe and implement from the “pandemic remote work” for future business strategies and workplaces?

Meetings replaced with email and video calls

Instead of having long and time consuming meetings in the conference room, which are sometimes not even effective, some arrive too late, others still have lunch break mentality, the meetings are held through tech tools.

Emails can be a great reminder if someone was not focused the first time reading it, so he can go back and read the instructions and follow up with adequate action. Having a conference video call can be less time consuming because it will be short and straightforward.  Just arranging the time, having key talking points, hearing suggestions and there it is.

There are also a lot of platforms which are created for project management organization, and for tracking and managing work. The same platforms provide tools to track tasks, share lists, timelines and initiatives for projects. They are an effective way of communicating with team members, and other employees and managers.

Less travel

Although business travel has always had a popular and respectable note in the business world, it may never be the same again after this experience. Don’t expect for the business travel to suddenly jump after all of the restrictions are thrown, maybe we shouldn’t expect it altogether. Business travel meetings can also rely on telecommuting and save a lot of company expenses from having meetings online, rather than traveling to their business partner’s headquarters.

Another way of transport that can be deducted can be the miles that all employees go every day from their homes to their workplace. Some people travel up to an hour between these 2 points and lose valuable time. This way, by not having to leave their homes to do their job, they will always “arrive” on time and always be there for meetings. No more stuck in traffic headaches.

Flexible work time

A lot of modern businesses have already implemented this flexible work time and now it’s become more frequently mentioned. It can allow workers to schedule and organize their tasks and work according to them. That way if they don’t feel up to it, or not concentrated enough, they can postpone their tasks for later when they feel it can be done more effectively without pressure. Sick days can also be productive if workers feel like doing one or two things to ease their task pile.

This way employees can schedule their way around and get the balance they require for their personal and work life.

Saving resources

From the above mentions, a lot of resources can be saved on the company’s account. Having their employees working from wouldn’t require large offices and paying rent. That means no bills for electricity and water, cleaning… Paper waste could slowly decline since everything will be gone over online and sent through platforms. A lot of businesses also cover lunches for their employees at the office and can save some expenses on that also.

Moreover, less travel means fewer traffic jams, no unnecessary polluting the planet each day. Everyone will get places in time without hurry and worry whether they will be stuck in traffic again.

More trust and loyalty

Trust plays a very important component in all aspects of remote work. Employers must have trust in their employees that they will deliver their work on time, effectively and efficiently as they would in an ordinary workplace.

If they allow themselves to trust them, employees will feel more empowered and ready to get things done to prove them right and their loyalty towards their boss. It can create strong bonds between workers and team members who can easily arrange what time suits them best to have the meeting, or cover an assignment for them.

Rethinking a company’s vision and mission might be a great start to implement and realize changes in the workplace. A great example is Twitter, where those who are able to work from home have been given the chance to continue doing so, even after the pandemic has passed. This shows the progression we all get to be part of due to Covid-19.

It is going to be exciting to see, which companies are going to follow Twitters example and what the future hold for many businesses.

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