Post-Pandemic Analysis: How Will Work-from-Home Workplace Styles Look in the Future?
As the virulent infection spread across the world, businesses and enterprises began working from home. With stay-at-home orders taking effect, companies had no choice but to follow them.
However, the dust has begun to settle now, and it is time for businesses to reassess their old workplace style strategy and retrofit it. Modern digital technology and distance are the key components companies need to consider while reviving a work -from -home workplace style.
It seems that giving employees a laptop and switching to virtual meetings is not enough. It is vital to have a long-term strategy that caters to a work-from-home workplace.
That is to say; businesses need permanent changes in how they operate, communicate and work to adapt to the new norms of future workplaces. Precisely, companies need to understand that:
- ·Workers need more flexibility
- ·The office will remain a hub for communication and collaboration
- Remote work or work from home is here to stay
Nonetheless, it is the right time to think about how physical workplaces can adapt to the work from home style.
Let’s delve into the discussion to determine how the WFH workplace style will operate in the future.
More Emphasizes on Virtually Amplified Engagement and Recognition
An office setting ensures strong relationships and a positive attitude that opens the door to advancement opportunities for employees.
However, the work-from-home format makes it difficult to strengthen professional bonds and highlight achievements. That is why future workplaces need to put more focus on amplifying employee engagement virtually.
It will ensure that the employees have access to opportunities. As employees will continue to collaborate primarily through emails and virtual calls, their employers will need to be more active to identify their engagement.
Future workplaces will need more virtual events and online meetings to keep employees’ enthusiasm and morale high.
Workplaces will Have Less Workspace
The latest survey by Slack shows that over one-third of global workers still work from home. The survey further reveals that 83% of remote employees don’t expect to return to their workplace next year.
That means remote companies (without headquarters) will continue to work, and other enterprises will reduce their workspaces for hybrid teams. The step is to not only keep employees safe, but also to minimize the costs.
Combination of Onsite Working and Remote Working
Many companies and enterprises are launching a combination of onsite and remote working. The step is, of course, an extension of a hybrid-work model.
The future strategy is to allocate specific days for collaboration and in-person meetings and other days for remote working. The in-person sessions will be for brainstorming, team-building exercises or introducing projects.
Remote days will be for the tasks individuals can perform independently. The offices will need to get rid of small cubicles and create more collaborative spaces for meetings.
In a nutshell, future workplaces will need a new design in terms of operations and collaboration to make workers more productive.