The Coronavirus caught most of us off guard. We honestly didn’t see it coming and that left us unprepared for the days immediately following the initial outbreak. There is no doubt that even once it has run its course and a vaccine is found to work that it will leave a huge impact on us as individuals, as a society, and as a workforce. Many things are slowly returning to normal, while a lot of things will give way to a new normal. Eventually, we will adjust.
We’ll likely be back to “normal” soon. We adjust after lots of life-threatening and life-changing events. The last pandemic, the Spanish flu, is just a memory and hopefully, the Coronavirus will follow suit. We don’t forget these kinds of events. Think of 9/11 for example. We remember but as a nation changes were made on a large even global scale.
The workplace is one area that has undergone a lot of changes during this whole ordeal. It is not likely that it will entirely go back to its pre-pandemic existence. In one way, the crisis has helped us think differently about the way we work from the corporate level down. No doubt that many work activities will return to the pre-pandemic norms. But there are likely going to be some permanent changes to the way we think about and do our work. Here are five ways the workplace is likely changed forever.
One of the first major shifts at the onset of the pandemic was that people quickly switched to working from home. For some industries, this was not feasible, but many professionals found out that they could operate with a virtual workforce. This opened up a whole new aspect of working from home. Many corporations discovered it was financially advantageous to have people work from home. This was found to be true even if not everyone did it all the time. Moving forward it’s reasonable to expect there will be more opportunities for those who desire to WFH.
Social Work Environments
Corporate offices will probably look and operate differently than they did before COVID-19. It might not be an entire replacement, but corporate meetings will likely continue to practice some measure of social distancing and perhaps temperature checks. Conference and meeting rooms will be more spaced out, yet they will become social once again. For many businesses, interaction is key to creativity and productivity. This will be increased but handled much differently than before. It will require more planning.
Homes that are Work-Ready
For some people, the social isolation common to working from home is challenging. But that may not be the most difficult part of the WFH culture. Many found that they were not ready or equipped adequately to work from home. They didn’t have a zoom-ready spot for video conferencing. Not having their technology set up properly initially inhibited productivity. But moving forward, more people understand what is needed to WFH and they have adapted quickly. Homes are more likely to have a designated office or workspace as the transition back to “normal” proceeds.
Changing Trends in Business Attire
Once used to working from home, it was nice to take the 30-second commute to the kitchen table or den to work. The other nice thing about working from home was the lack of a need to wear heels or a suit and tie. Some trends seem to indicate that the workplace may be a bit more relaxed moving forward with attire that is less formal. Some firms have already relaxed their dress codes and allow staff to dress down if they are not meeting directly with clients.
Move to E-Learning
Online schooling opportunities have blossomed in the years before the pandemic. But now, many corporations have discovered that much of their corporate learning can be conducted online. There will still be plenty of chances for in-person learning, but e-learning is likely to become a larger part of training and educating personnel. Companies have moved quickly to make sure their people are able to pursue continued learning and develop the professional skills needed in their particular industry.
Do we need business name tags anymore?
There is more of a need for business name tags than ever before. WFH means we are no longer working across the desk from our colleagues, not meeting them at the coffee pot in the break room, and not passing them in the hall. Professional name tags are necessary to identify who a person is, their role in the company, or their position. Much of the hiring process is done online. As new people are added to the staff, they deserve to be greeted by name when there are corporate meetings or events. Since many staff rotates working from home and from the office, it is helpful for everyone to wear name tags.
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