The COVID-19 outbreak has changed our work environment and how we interact with our colleagues in the place of work. The sudden shift towards remote working presents a great opportunity to reshape and reinvent the future of the workplace after the pandemic. While in the past we defined work based on an office location, several experts predict that in the future, a good number of employees will be allowed to work from remote locations as long as they are connected to the web. This is mainly due to rapid improvement in hybrid working. Moreover, all the policies concerning remote work are now becoming more and more accurate.
Remember a distributed workforce is only possible when companies improve collaboration and provide their employees with best-in-class support, tools, and strategies. Both big and small business leaders need to truly understand the shifts that are now taking place in regards to how people work and grow scale quickly. But what will the future of the workplace look like in 2021?
What Should We Expect From The Workplace of the Future?
The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the pace of remote working forcing more and more employees to work remotely than ever before. With the current uncertainty that is surrounding the pandemic, no one quite knows what the future workplace looks like. However, it is safe to say that the future workplace will be very different from the traditional offices of yore.
- Virtual Workspaces: According to a recent study by Global Workplace Analytics, the longer people work from home, the greater the chance of people continuing to work from home. Furthermore, most of the jobs that don’t require their employees to return to the office may pursue remote working. Whereas manufacturing, healthcare, and even distribution might require their employees to be at their workplaces in order for businesses to happen. On average, 30% of the international workforce will be working from home by the end of the year 2021.
- Online Meetings: Since 2020, most business travelling and commuting has come to a complete halt. Travelling has now been replaced with video conferences. The remote workforce can now meet with colleagues, clients, and even customers thanks to video calls.
- Distributed Offices: Since most employees are working remotely, organizations might start to open small offices in order to provide workers with access to co-working spaces. This in turn can remove isolation and improve team culture maintenance. Before the pandemic, these co-working spaces were growing at an extremely rapid rate.
- Security And Privacy Tools Would Be More Common: While working from home remote workers will need to utilize several security tools in order to make sure that their company’s and customers' data are safe and secured. There are several security tools readily available on the market today that can help businesses protect all their websites and files remotely.
The time is now for business owners and managers to prepare for the future and boost the overall performance and productivity of their organizations. By keeping up with all the trends that were discussed, you can easily cut down costs and achieve your goals as soon as possible.