The workplace is changing before our very eyes, and the current pandemic will likely impact how we work indefinitely.
So what can we expect from the workplace as we slowly move into a post-pandemic world?
First, employees who transitioned to remote working positions over the past few months will likely become more comfortable doing so in the future. Companies will likely offer a hybrid of office and remote work arrangements, especially for knowledge workers. To achieve this, remote workers will need to be equipped with the right tools for collaboration, ensure there are no cybersecurity risks, as well as the ability to have a healthy work-life balance.
Companies also need to rethink their business continuity plans. Traditionally, companies are used to getting workloads and applications back up and running within 1 to 3 days after a major disaster. Now, companies need to adopt a plan that allows their operations to continue running efficiently. This could include having multiple cloud data centers across various regions, remote IT support, remote customer service support and more.
Cloud deployment in general will likely become the backbone of many companies to manage workloads, as well as keeping company information secure. IT and security teams using cloud software will be necessary to keep systems running remotely.
Lastly, productivity among a remote workforce will look much different. Companies who implement asynchronous learning can reduce the amount of unproductive meetings and make training employees and new hires that much more simple.