The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of people to transition into a new way or working, which could mean big changes in the long run. According to a Gartner HR survey from March 19, 88% of organizations are now requiring or encouraging employees to work from home.
After the spread of COVID-19 has ended, investments into remote working platforms and technology will likely spike as businesses become more readily prepared for the next potential pandemic. Some companies will also likely adopt flexible working policies during normal operations.
With the increase of remote teams, workers have to find new ways to collaborate and connect with one another. The boost of agile work will grow beyond software development and into financing, marketing and other areas of an organization.
Additionally, as generations have different expectations when it comes to the workplace, millennials and Generation Z will want a work environment that values flexibility more so than older generations.
Sustainability is no longer just a nice add-on for companies. In fact, it is a necessity for many looking to attract and retain young top talent as this group of workers want their employers to support causes that reflect their values. Remote working itself contributes to a healthy environment as it cuts down on commutes, which slashes carbon emissions and reduces a company’s carbon footprint.