The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way businesses operate in the blink of an eye and although there will be a time where we have a sense of normalcy again, it will be a new normal that changes how we work for good.
Business leaders now need to take into consideration that many of their employees are having to juggle work life with family responsibilities as many daycare facilities remain closed.
The move to working from home has broken down the emotional barriers for many workers as their colleagues now get a peek into what their home life is like.
“Many people hadn’t planned to be in this situation, so we’re meeting their pets and their kids, too. But we’ve also been given an opportunity,” said Daniel Stillman, author of “Good Talk: How to Design Conversations That Matter”. “Our default tools and default ways of meeting don’t work as well virtually. Working remotely asks us to be more intentional in how we talk and collaborate — in this way, we’re better able to design the experience in ways we weren’t able to before.”
As workers slowly move back into their physical offices, experts believe that the vulnerable and intimate changes made while working from home can be used to reshape the workplace. This includes offering better support for colleagues and creating a more empathetic work environment overall.
It is anticipated that remote working tools will also become part of the new normal of working. This includes virtual meetings, video training tools, video conferencing and much more.