How the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Change the Way We Work

The coronavirus is making us have to reevaluate our entire approach to the workplace organization and work in general. It affects the workers, the office managers and the corporations/organizations, as a whole. Sometimes, however, a temporary measure may grow into something else entirely. For instance, remote work was practised even before the pandemic. So, now that it has turned into a global experiment, it is questionable whether the employers will force people to return to workplaces even when it’s safe to do so again. 

Remote work

When we talk about the way the pandemics will change the way we work, the first thing that comes to mind is the concept of remote work. Those who invested in platforms like Zoom have seen a massive rise in the value of their investment. However, now that the majority of employers have seen that the work can actually be done from home, the question is – will they return people to the office when the coast is clear, once again. Remote work is clearly less expensive regarding the overhead, so why not adopt this as a permanent business model.

Cubicles are back for good

In the past, people have experimented with an open floor workplace design and the results weren’t necessarily superior, at least not as much as you would have hoped them to. People feel like they’re being watched all the time which makes them uneasy and unable to focus. Second, they have a problem focusing on the task at hand from all the noises and visual distractions caused by surrounding workstations. Cubicles solve all of these problems. Most importantly, they help employees stay safe amidst the pandemic. Being in the cubicle beats having to wear a mask for 8 hours straight, every single time.

Foot traffic and traditional marketing

In the major business hubs, foot traffic and private transportation were reduced by as much as 75% compared to last year. The thing with this is that it introduces so many changes in the business world. First of all, traditional marketing forms like billboards and signs are losing their importance because not as many people get to see them. Second, you need to take into consideration the importance of decluttering this metropolitan area for the urban commute. Previously, we’ve already mentioned that a lot of people are working remotely. Well, those who go to the office now have an easier job of doing so.

Outsourcing logistical tasks

The problem with the majority of logistical tasks is the fact that they usually include long-distance transportation or even fall under the category of international trade. This is why the majority of enterprises opt for 3PL companies. Following all the latest regulations and requirements is hard as it is, even for some of the world’s most specialized enterprises and industry veterans. When it comes to managing all the tasks and urgent requests properly, which is something that can make or break your business, hiring third-party help is the way to go.

Flexible work hours

How can flexible work hours help unburden the average office? Well, there are several ways. First of all, if not all of your employees are expected to be at work at 9 AM sharp, there will be less crowd in the hallway and fewer people in the office, in general. Moreover, by allowing people to clock in whenever they want for as long as they spend enough time in the office, you will unburden your office space. Even before the pandemic, there was a rule that every employee should have 11 square feet of personal space. This way, such a thing will be easier to pull off.

A new approach to a paid leave

The biggest concern to the global work practices is the ones regarding the paid leave for those afflicted. Naturally, there are some problems that you would have to deal with one way or the other but having people come to work while they’re sick just so that they don’t lose out on several daily wages is a horrible concept. This way, they can get the majority of your office afflicted, which will result in a massive productivity loss. Even after the pandemic is over, this concept should be reexamined.

In conclusion

In the end, you need to understand the full significance of how the coronavirus pandemic might reshape our lives. By now, the problem is already lasting for too long and it is questionable whether the world we know will be forever altered. On the other hand, it’s not just about will it but also about whether it should go back, to begin with. Some of these changes are just better, more efficient or more humane. As a result, they create your work environment better as a whole.

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