The workplace once relied on workers making long commutes and simply showing up. Productivity was measured in attendance and meeting quotas.
However, the workforce has had an incredibly introspective year. During this time, people have come to a mass realization that showing up for work shouldn’t be the only measure of success. Workers have been able to get through work by flying under the radar and doing the bare minimum.
Now, there is a seismic shift in how both employees and employers view the workplace. Employees struggled to continue operating as a cog in the traditional 9 to 5 machine while working from home. That did not sit well with managers who were not ready to accept the reality that contiguous schedules do not work.
As we approach a post-pandemic life, companies need to have a better understanding of how employees stay engaged and produce their best work.
The past year has taught the world that a lot of work can be done from various locations, but supporting collaboration and community will take more effort in a virtual environment.
Moving forward, it’s important to reset and redefine the workplace. That means identifying the ideal work schedule that suits the needs of all employees and instilling trust into them.
The human touch will be crucial for forward-thinking companies. Doing so will not only create a work environment that is more connected and happy, but will also improve productivity levels.