While the current atmosphere of the workforce feels grim due to high unemployment rates and business closures, there have been glimmers of hope in the evolution of the workplace.
Now, companies have had the ultimate experience with new technologies and work arrangements that can aid in improving productivity, efficiency and job satisfaction.
Video conferencing has been one of the most significant trends to emerge over the last nine months. Tools like Zoom and Google Meet have seen record high usage as businesses work to keep their employees engaged while they work from home.
Tech companies are now working to build off this technology to create a better user experience. For instance, Oculus Rift and Facebook’s Infinite Office use virtual reality to create a more immersive workplace experience.
“Many companies are saying they will continue to work from home, but employees need these spaces where they can meet and communicate,” said Anna Quieroz, professor at Stanford University. “VR can allow for that proximity and collaborative mindset to take place.”
Along with improvements to technology, companies have also realized the benefits of a mentally and physically healthy workforce. Research has proven that employees who are healthy perform better at their tasks, so organizations are making an effort to prioritize wellness initiatives.
2021 is bound to be a year of applying lessons, promoting wellbeing and focusing on creating the best employee experience in order to boost productivity and workplace operations.