Employers are increasingly looking at new working arrangements to ensure the safety and health of their employees.
For instance, Facebook announced that it would transition to more remote work arrangements in the long-term, while New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently suggested moving towards a four-day working week. Twitter also revealed it would allow workers to work from home indefinitely.
Companies have started adopting these workplace policies to help staff who may be nervous about returning to the office, as well as creating a less dense workspace and boosting the work-life balance of workers.
Moving towards a more distributed workforce has also left many companies to reevaluate the amount of office space they take up. For example, Mastercard revealed it would look into consolidating its offices.
“Post Covid-19, you can imagine many companies shrinking down their real estate and employees can just work from home. It will be an interesting proposition to see how employers can cater to different crowds,” said Adrian Tan of workplace IT firm PeopleStrong.