The pandemic has allowed many of us to master the art of conducting business from home with tools and resources such as Slack or Zoom, but where does that leave the role of the physical workplace?
While some have been quick to dismiss the role of the office in the future of work, it has become clear that they are still necessary. Research has found that many workers have expressed that they miss coming into the physical workplace and having face-to-face interactions with their colleagues.
However, the way we worked prior to the pandemic is no more. Major companies have already committed to allowing their employees to work from home indefinitely, but this is mainly for white-collar, knowledge workers.
Unfortunately, blue-collar workers have been twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as they have no option but to either physically go to work or not work at all.
So while the office can easily be reformatted to be a safe haven for workers who want to socialize with their colleagues a few times each week, what about those in warehouses and factories?
Overall, business leaders need to not only worry about the quantity of jobs in the future, but also the quality of the workplace and the employee experience.