Meet the 9 Workplace Shifts in the New Future of Work
In our new guide, you’ll find nine key changes that have taken place in the workplace since the start of 2020, as well as short-term and long-term tips for addressing them. Here’s a preview of a few major shifts.
First, and most obvious: the overnight rise in remote work
Just about everyone who was able to work remotely started doing so during the crisis, and many will never return to work as they knew it before.
So how do organizations manage remote teams with both employee experience and business continuity in mind? In our guide, we recommend increasing the frequency of employee feedback with pulse surveys in the short term, and investing in technology that enhances remote work in the long term. We also discuss the importance of blocking off meeting-free hours each week, as well as ways to combat Zoom fatigue.
The need for increased flexibility and autonomy
What’s best about remote work isn’t always the “remote” part. It’s having the flexibility to decide for yourself when, where, and how to get your work done.
To make these changes effectively, get clear on your team’s non-negotiables now. Create comprehensive, organization-wide boundaries around flexibility that will last well into the future.
The flattening of the organizational structure
Flat organizational structures facilitate rapid change, innovation, and shared purpose more effectively than traditional, hierarchical structures.
Here’s how you can speed up decision-making and keep up with dynamic changes. In the short run, broaden job descriptions to hire for skills like creativity and problem-solving. And, in the long run, try eliminating a layer of management by focusing on small, autonomous teams.
Big cultural changes
In the new world of work, companies and employees are pushing back on the notion that employees should (or can) always be “on.” Instead, companies are prioritizing flexibility and employee mental health.
The pandemic’s definitely upset our work-life balance. But now, more organizations are making employee mental health part of the workplace conversation. And as companies connect employees to mental health benefits, we’re tipping back toward something more human. Over time, we may even achieve the work-life balance that we’ve only just talked about in years past.
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