The coronavirus epidemic that began in the year 2020 has shaken the world. This pandemic crisis has made it to the history books in the future, for sure. Thanks to an abrupt turn of events that people have discovered that many practices that we previously considered necessary can be accomplished with relative ease now. For years, we've been aggravating our lives and performing out our tasks without considering that there could be another choice, thereby defining a fixed pattern for all and blindly pursuing it.
Whereas the escape from the mundane has disrupted the very foundations of our lives, but it has also revealed us to innovative ways in which we can continue living. However, the pandemic has also had a major impact on workplace culture. Let’s look at what changes has occurred:
1) Remote Working is the New Normal:
Working from home was not previously considered a reliable choice. Working away from a traditional work environment was thought to make people less efficient and slow down their development. On the other hand, remote working has been a game-changer for all the businesses during the pandemic crisis. As soon as the pandemic hit the globe, it caused chaos which resulted in shutting down the whole world within a span of a few months. People were forced to stay at home considering the precautionary measures, thus working from home was the only option left to keep them associated with work. However, it was quite challenging in the beginning as it was an unexpected, whole of a new experience but now virtual offices are running smoothly. The willingness of employees to adjust their behaviours, mindsets, attitudes, and values has been critical to their success with this form of transition.
2) Technology Paves the Way:
The capability to technically equip workers with the systems and resources they required to operate productively from home, as well as the need to quickly implement the new workflows needed, was the next challenge encountered. This included installing the appropriate infrastructure and systems in their homes, as well as providing relevant and equitable training and technical assistance. And then technology came to the rescue. Because of the widespread adoption of technology, such as Zoom, Teams, and Webex, social interaction has not entirely vanished.
All the officials and employees can now connect online on one platform. operational virtual meetings can now be conducted at ease while remaining on your couch within your comfort zone. This pandemic has shown that by conducting meetings online, we can save a significant portion of the company's travel budget, expand our business ventures, and collaborate across borders according to their convenience. There’s no doubt that in-person meetings are still the best choice for closing business deals but virtual meetings will be an essential part of business operations in the post-pandemic workplace. Surprisingly, despite our social distance, many of us are becoming closer. We're forming more adaptable teams, staying in contact more often, and making connections a priority even in remote work. But, beyond that, we are connected by a common interest and a companionship. Thus, the businesses that have adapted to this new trend are likely to survive through the pandemic more efficiently.
This pandemic is forcing both the speed and scope of workplace disruption. Business executives have now been given a clearer understanding of what can and cannot be achieved outside of their companies' conventional processes. Many people are looking for ways to work that are easier, quicker, and less costly through technological means.
3) Flexible Working Hours:
The idea that an individual must work from 9 to 5 and be effective during that time is completely false. For many of us, the work-from-home approach has proven to be extremely beneficial. Working hours now can be flexible, and you don't have to work for 8 hours straight. It is a healthy practice. It relieves tension, keeps one focused on work, and boosts creativity and productivity.
However, flexibility in working doesn’t come all good. Since, now employees are just a call away they get to work anytime on the day when they are needed and a call from your boss can never be ignored, as it's the matter of your living. Believe me if despite the pandemic you still have a job, consider yourself the luckiest. It is a blessing because many people have gone jobless in this pandemic and have been suffering since then. However, in case of urgency, this digital system is very beneficial as without wasting time you get connected with your team to find the solution to that particular problem. Probably that's the reason many businesses instead of facing a decline, have progressed during the crisis as their online operating business has become much faster.
4) Returning to Routine:
Many countries are now opening up to get back to their routine. The potential to physically return to work under new safety measures is emerging as countries reduce lockout restrictions.
however, according to many organizations , workers have expressed reluctance to return to work due to the fear of traveling to work and the apparent protection of working remotely. Regardless of the economic implications of this cultural change, many businesses are now challenging the need for big, costly corporate offices, considering that the majority of employees seem to favor working from home.Regardless of whether the organization decides to retain and repurpose the office or downsize the workplace for limited staff use only or set intervals for each group, this major shift must be carefully handled from both a technological and a staff effect standpoint.
Summing up with the fact that the changes discussed above, however, must be sponsored at the highest levels of the firms and also must be handled from both a technical as well as taking into consideration the perspective of their workforce. The devastation caused by the coronavirus is undeniable, but the positive changes that it has brought to our lives in terms of ease, can not be denied. it's fair to say that the Covid-19 epidemic has unquestionably altered the workplace.