How the pandemic changes how we work
When the corona pandemic came, everyday work was turned upside down for most people. Recently the journal ‘American Psychologists’ published the results of an international research project that examined how the pandemic has changed – and will continue to change – our jobs.
The researchers looked first and foremost at how the worldwide crisis is changing both work practices, economic, social and psychological conditions among professionals.
Several news channels have mentioned the study, concluding that some things will probably change for the better. It’s been pointed out that one of the biggest changes will be about where we will carry out our work in the future.
At 24SevenOffice we see a clear reinforcement of the trends.
With over 20 years of collaboration experience with many different companies, we are often reffered to as a “cloud system champion” (and first-runner) – we have seen it in the business world for quite some time already.
Here is the 4 requirements that are likely to be a game changer for companies in the future;
1) We must be able to work from anywhere, anytime
Having to apply for permission to have a home office is suddenly completely gone. New requirements now apply, both to show full trust in the employees, and to facilitate that both equipment and necessary systems and software are as accessible in the home office as at work.
You are now completely dependent on IT systems that talk together – possibly gather everything in one system so that you have access to updated data 24/7.
As an extension of the home office, one also sees that it is becoming more and more important to be able to work efficiently from other places – where one is – whether it is in a library, café, train station, cabin, and so on.
2) We depend on good solutions for virtual collaboration
Good cooperation is about good communication. If you do not have good digital solutions for this, you quickly fall off the load now. Digital meetings should work just as well as the physical ones, although customization is a more important key word than a copy-paste solution.
3) We must to a greater extent take care of employees’ psychosocial health and well-being
The interpersonal aspect of a workplace makes up (at least) half the job. When this element is completely or partially eliminated by everyone being scattered, there will be major upheavals for the employees.
Having good routines for conducting anonymous employee surveys can be smart in identifying wishes, needs, challenges and development potential.
If you carry these out on a regular basis, you have the opportunity to adjust and change things along the way – and not when it is too late (think prevention vs. repair). The same applies to maintaining a good dialogue between management and employees.
4) The requirements for management are changed and strengthened
Being a good leader from a distance requires skills other than close-up leadership. As you know, a business is nothing without its employees. It can be as difficult as it is important, but communicating in a clear, humane and orderly way is the alpha omega.
Communication skills and the ability to lead are more important than ever for employees to feel valued and respected.
If you think we can benefit your organization in this transition, please reach out to us and see how we can implement our platform in your company.