FUTURE OF CO-WORKING: 5 TRENDS THAT ARE HERE TO STAY AFTER COVID-19
The health crisis is accelerating workplace trends that have been emerging in recent years.
These include remote work policies, decentralized offices, and having the choice to work from satellite offices closer to home.
As we move toward the future of work, these trends will likely become permanent even after the pandemic is over.
As we begin to imagine life after lockdown, let’s look at some of the trends massively driven by COVID-19 that are here to stay once the pandemic is over.
1. Commuting will never be the same again
This is particularly true in cities where most people commuted by way of public transportation. Various cities are unlikely to experience the high amount of commuter traffic they used to see prior to the pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has likely marked the end of crowded buses, trains, and metro stations during peak hours, at least for the foreseeable future.
There are a few reasons for this trend. The first is that a lot of people will be wary of using public transportation unless it’s absolutely necessary. Another reason is that many organizations will likely introduce staggered shifts or partial remote work policies, meaning that fewer people will have to commute on a daily basis or at the same time.
In cities where most people commute by car, commuting is also likely to change. Mainly, workers might experience reduced commute times; fewer people going into the office means less traffic during peak hours.
2. Flexible work
Some companies have already announced that they plan on allowing employees to work remotely on a permanent basis if they choose to. Other organizations are considering implementing partial flexible work and remote work policies that will allow workers to work from home (or a coworking space or coffee shop) some days of the week.
As such, rigid work schedules and work models are not likely to come back even after lockdowns are fully lifted and businesses pick up their activity.
The reason behind this is that workers, managers, and executives have all gotten a taste of flexible work, and most recognize the benefits. Though working from home has come with its own set of challenges for many, the reality is that most workers have enjoyed having more flexibility in their schedules.
As we continue to move towards the future of work, flexible work policies (remote hiring, flexible schedules, telecommuting) are here to stay.
3. Decentralized offices
Physical distancing is here to stay for the long-run. This means that organizations are having to rethink the workplace and consider ways to de-densify their offices.
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