Layoffs and closures caused by the pandemic have led the economy down a dim path that is bound to disrupt the way we continue to work for the foreseeable future.
Despite the grim expectations of the future of the economy, this disruption may have inadvertently opened a new door of opportunities in terms of leveraging technology and supporting remote working capabilities.
Now, companies can set their sights upon a new, hybrid way of working. For years, business leaders were hesitant to adopt any sort of flexible work arrangements for fear of hurting productivity. However, the past few months have shown that not only does productivity improve in many cases, it also benefits the well-being of employees.
A hybrid workplace would offer both the benefits of remote working, while allowing those who do want to work in the office to do so.
Additionally, the continued integration of technology will play a large role in the future of the workplace. For instance, video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Meet allow businesses to host meetings, as well as social events like virtual happy hours that nurture company culture.
Flexible workspaces may also seize the moment by offering organizations an alternative workspace outside of the home and traditional office. While it is no surprise that coworking companies have suffered over the past few months, those who reconfigure their space to emphasize health, safety and distancing could be the perfect solution for companies.