Hoping to put the struggles and challenges of 2020 behind us, the global workforce is clearly eager for a more promising 2021.
As the world has grown more resilient to obstacles, professionals have come to terms with two trends that are here to stay: remote and hybrid working models and worker stress.
According to Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom, the new remote working economy accounted for two-thirds of U.S. economic activity. His research with the Atlanta Federal Reserve and the University of Chicago, found that the amount of people working from home is only going to grow post-pandemic from 5% to nearly 20%.
Even more, workplace stress is expected to persist in the new year. The 2021 State of Stress Report from well-being management solution firm Grokker, revealed that the majority of U.S. workers see no end in sight to their stress.
So how can employers do a better job of creating a resilient workforce this year? For starters, they should prioritize the health and wellness of employees
Making sure that workers have the tools and resources to perform their best no matter where they are working from will be essential. This could be in the form of investing in new programs to better value the needs of workers.
Additionally, leaders need to be transparent and open about the potential for more disruptions in the future. Luckily, companies have new insight and tools to anticipate any challenges they could face in the future, and being open about it to employees will make them feel more aware and prepared.