What Work Looks Like After Coronavirus
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about unprecedented changes to the way we work, and the future of work will never be the same. The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of remote work and technology and has forced companies to reconsider their approach to workplace flexibility and employee wellness. In this article, we will explore what the future of work looks like after Coronavirus, and the trends that are likely to shape it.
Remote work will become the norm
Remote work has been on the rise for years, but the pandemic has accelerated this trend dramatically. In 2020, the number of people working from home in the US increased from 5% to 56%. According to a survey by Gartner, 80% of company leaders plan to allow their employees to work remotely at least part of the time after the pandemic.
Hybrid work will become more common
While remote work is becoming more prevalent, it’s unlikely that all work will be done remotely. Many companies are opting for a hybrid approach, where employees work both remotely and in the office. This approach offers flexibility to employees while still allowing for in-person collaboration and team building.
The importance of wellness will be emphasized
The pandemic has brought about a heightened awareness of the importance of wellness in the workplace. Many companies are investing in programs and resources that support the mental and physical health of their employees. This includes initiatives such as mental health support, flexible work schedules, and wellness benefits.
Automation will replace some jobs
Automation has been a growing trend in the workplace for years, but the pandemic has accelerated its adoption. With the need for social distancing and reduced contact, many companies have turned to automation to replace jobs that are high risk for exposure to the virus. This trend is likely to continue, with more jobs being automated in the future.
Upskilling and reskilling will become more important
As automation replaces some jobs, upskilling and reskilling will become increasingly important. Workers will need to learn new skills to adapt to the changing workplace, and companies will need to invest in training programs to help their employees stay relevant. According to a survey by Deloitte, 53% of companies plan to increase their spending on reskilling in 2021.
- “Remote work statistics: Shifting norm or temporary adjustment?” by Maryville University
- “Gartner Survey Reveals 82% of Company Leaders Plan to Allow Employees to Work Remotely Some of the Time” by Gartner
- “Employee wellness programs rise in popularity during pandemic” by HR Dive
- “The Future of Jobs Report 2020” by World Economic Forum
- “2021 Global Human Capital Trends” by Deloitte