The Covid-19 Not only has it changed the way we do business today, but it has also started to push further Rethink the world of work. Hybrid work, automation, weeks of three or four days, all this has gone through the epidemic.
Quarantine measures in the last 14 months have forced many employees to join the program A gigantic experience of working from home; This has crippled face-to-face meetings and business trips. Now, with workplaces reopening around the world, companies and their employees are questioning how much they want to get back to how they did before the pandemic.
Some companies are adopting, or at least accepting, a Configure a hybrid home office, Giving workers more flexibility and less travel time. Others adopted a Four working days a weekOften successful, it seems, two-thirds of employers report higher productivity.
Coronavirus has also accelerated the shift towards Automation. Robots were previously seen as enemies of workers; Now it is also seen as a way to reduce the human interaction that facilitates infection.
In the short term, the global distribution of vaccines will be one of the most important factors in determining the future of work. For many workers, going back to the office (and nearby crowded transportation and lunch places) won’t be a viable option until more people are vaccinated. But implementation will not fully answer the questions of where, when, and how should we act when it all ends?
The number of job vacancies referring to a four-day work week has tripled in the past three years, according to ZipRecruiters.
64 percent was the increase in robotics orders in the United States during the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to the previous year.
-50% was the percentage of Facebook employees Mark Zuckerberg said they would be able to work from home within the next decade.
Because it matters
Changing the way we operate will have consequences for labor markets, real estate prices, technology stocks, transportation systems, personal well-being and much more.
The Permanent work remotelyFor example, it has the potential to improve corporate balance sheets (less office space is required), as well as restructure the cities we live in (if you want more space for your family, you can move to the suburbs or the countryside). Removing barriers between home and the workplace can have implications for our individual working hours.
Although we might think that by not having to take a transportation we would have more free time, staying home could prolong our workday, according to an investigation. However, there are also signs that working from home can boost productivity.
Some have warned that the hybrid business model, despite its desire by many, in fact appears to be “the worst of both worlds”. The issue of telework was divided in opinion. For example, David Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs, called it a “perversion” and said “it’s not a new normal,” while Mark Zuckerberg sees it as a long-term option for many Facebook employees.
At the moment, if the offices reopen quickly, it appears likely that many aspects of our work life will “revert” to pre-pandemic standards, although some features, such as increased automation, are unlikely to be reversed.
But the longer the novel coronavirus crisis persists, the more comfortable employees will feel in performing their roles in new and different ways that they may not want to leave in the future. For now, the wonderful global home work experience continues.