Discussions about the future of work include restructured workplaces, redefined roles, technology integration and sustainability. Although this transformation was expected to become reality at a reasonable pace, companies are being thrusted into this new way of working due to the coronavirus outbreak.
One of the biggest factors in defining the future of work has been the emphasis on how workers are cared for. As precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have ramped up, many companies have promised to continue paying employees while their day-to-day operations are on hold. Watching these organizations work endlessly to ensure their workers are financially compensated and have the tools necessary to work remotely offers a glimmer of hope during these uncertain times.
Company culture has also shaped how workplaces operate everyday. When creating the proper culture that is representative of your organization’s mission, goals and brand, employees become motivated. Now more than ever, companies are emphasizing their commitment to humanitarianism. For example, beauty product company L’Oreal is shifting its production capacity to make hand sanitizer, as well as freezing debts for its small and medium sized businesses.
Furthermore, leaders are being pushed to trust that their employees can get work done from home. With the use of communication tools such as Slack, Zoom, Skype and more, colleagues can collaborate while adjusting to this new way of working. Other resources that can help companies adapt to working remotely include Google Drive, Hangouts and others.