The new normal of the workplace has been an ongoing topic of discussion over the past several years, but these changes have occurred quicker than any analyst could have predicted. On the surface, the new way of working will include face masks, increased sanitation and distanced workstations. But on a deeper level, the way organizations operate, integrate technology and recruit top talent will be the true signifiers that define the future of the workplace.
A report from Gartner has revealed that many workers will have the option to work from home indefinitely, but a hybrid of both in-office and at-home arrangements may be a more accurate representation of the workplace moving forward.
Adopting both work arrangements allows organizations to reap their benefits, while alleviating the downsides. But it is still up to business leaders to change their managerial methods to ensure that the way we work is effective and nurtures a culture of empathy, transparency and communication.
Furthermore, adopting flexible capabilities allows organizations to become more diverse in their search for top talent. Through the adoption of technology, top candidates can come from virtually anywhere in the world and provide the company with more insight to grow.
Overall, it is clear that the workplace is going through multiple transformations that will eventually equate to a place that is technologically-fueled, diverse, flexible and agile for the foreseeable future.