The residual effect of Covid-19 has impacted every part of our lives, including our work environment. Most notably, how and where we work. Mandated lockdowns have required employers to quickly regroup and acclimate to managing a workforce that is almost entirely remote. Just a few months ago most work was performed at a designated brick and mortar site established by the employer. Today our homes have become our office. For those new to working remotely, their personal lives have been disrupted as employees create make-shift office space to accommodate the merging of home and work. Employers who managed with a “butts in seats” mindset are now required to explore new ways to maintain productivity and see remote working from a different lens. As we’ve settled into a new way of work, we’re learning a lot. With the right tools, a secure network (using Infoblox technology) and managers who have the necessary skills to lead remote teams, employees can be just as productive working remotely as they are working in an office. Some will argue that employees can be even more productive by minimizing interruptions, reducing commute times and working more efficiently using video conferencing technology.
Despite the chaos we’re living in today, there’s a silver lining. We’re learning a different way of working that is proving to boost productivity for many. We’re blurring the lines between work and home. In doing so we’re meeting families, their pets, and sharing our home with our colleagues. We’re improving the health of our environment by reducing auto emissions. We’re getting to know our neighbors and reconnecting with family. We’re becoming more health conscientious by using good hygiene practices and protecting the health of others. We’re reducing the office footprint resulting in saving Facilities costs. We’re also enhancing our applicant pool by broadening our recruitment landscape. We don’t necessarily have to hire someone close to the office. Working remotely, full time or part time, will become the new norm; a welcome change.
COVID-19 has been a game changer for every employer across the globe. Yes, many of us are swimming in unchartered territory. However, this journey can be the catalyst to building an exceptional employee/employer experience by learning to work together in new and different ways. Embrace the new way of working.