The Covid 19 pandemic turned the world upside down. It came as a bolt from the blue and introduced some everlasting changes in our lives and work. While many organizations are still struggling to cope up with the multiple changes the pandemic brought to the business sector, some have already launched creative and innovative work models for smooth operations.
But how will businesses be like in a post-Covid world? What will be the working trends post lockdown?
Here are some of the predictions as per the ongoing trends:
Enhanced remote working:
With more organizations shifting to remote work, work from home will become a part of the “New Normal”. Employees will collaborate more digitally and carry out all the operations online. Companies will need to adjust the strategies of employee experience and come up with newer methods of employee evaluation.
Inclusion of contingent staffing:
Companies will include more contingent staff to welcome agility and introduce flexibility into the workforce. Independent workers would be hired more and assignments would be given to them online. They will act as a support to the companies and can be assigned as per requirements.
Increased data collection:
As more employees start working remotely, firms will invest in employee tracking and monitoring software. They will gradually expand their ability to gather, preserve and process huge amounts of data. Employee monitoring could be done through call monitoring, email monitoring, time tracking, GPS tracking, and health tracking.
Segregation of skills and roles:
While building a workforce in a post-pandemic setup, organizations would focus more on critical skills rather than critical roles. Employees would be motivated to develop appropriate and relevant skills that would create multiple opportunities for them and be helpful in their career development.
Employers as safety covers:
The pandemic ushered in the trend of employers extending their support to improve the financial, mental, and physical conditions of the workers. Employers will continue to play an important part in the lives of the employees by providing required financial assistance, child care provisions, and flexible working hours.
More humane policies and strategies:
When some companies lent a supportive hand to their workers during the uncertainties of the pandemic, many firms denied providing any additional support amidst such a worldwide crisis. In a post-lockdown world, firms would put their workers first, be more inclusive and eliminate all sorts of inequities.
Organizational complexity would increase:
Following the global financial crisis of 2008, mergers and acquisitions of different companies shot up suddenly. As Covid 19 subsides, there might be a similar situation with the nationalization of many firms. Organizations, then, will develop ways to extend their geographical diversifications. They would expand their investments in the market to handle risks during disruptive times.
The change from efficient to resilient:
Before the outbreak of Covid 19, organizational redesigns concentrated on workflows, streamlining roles, supply chains, and productivity. Though this approach attracted efficiencies, it was not free from frailties. The post-Covid business world will witness companies putting more emphasis on forming a resilient workforce.