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How the pandemic has changed the workplace – for the better!

by Sellick Partnership | 8 July 2020

During lockdown many of us have learned new ways to adapt to working from home as we social distance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As restrictions are continually easing and we return to offices, we will be facing new ways of working, including many changes in the workplace – some for the better.

Social distancing measures, staggered start/finish times and alternative ways of commuting are all things we expect to see when we go back to the office. However, we will also see a shift in the way companies operate, with traditional ways of working such as 9-5 days, becoming a thing of the past.

Here are three other things that may change in the workplace – for the better!

Flexible working

The pandemic has shown that employees can easily work from home and still effectively communicate with colleagues via email, video conferencing and phone calls. With more flexibility than ever before, companies may find that many will not want to return to the physical office even after the pandemic is under control.

Findings from our Employee Benefits Survey show that before the pandemic, flexible working options were the most popular benefits with 62.2% of participants saying they wanted ‘flexible hours’. With workers experiencing this over the past few months, it will be something many will want to hold onto.

Although it may still be important for employees to return to the office for reasons such as corporate culture, companies should consider allowing staff to split their time working between home and the office or introduce more flexible working hours, in order to retain the all-important work/life balance.

Accelerated digital transformation

Some businesses have suddenly realised how digitally unprepared they were after having been forced to accelerate their digital transformation strategies to allow them to continue to operate smoothly during the pandemic. Many are now speeding up their digital plans and adopting new ways of working in order to be more efficient and user-friendly.

This digital shift is one of the more positive outcomes of the pandemic as it is driving employees to learn new skills, expand their capability and increase confidence with technology, allowing productivity to improve whilst working remotely. Digital skills have become a necessity for employees working remotely and will likely continue to be a vital skill as we move towards securing stability post COVID-19.

Reduced travel time for meetings

With less people travelling to work and meetings during lockdown, there has been positive effects to the environment across the world. The pandemic has shown that meetings can be conducted via telephone or video conferencing and so we may see less of a need for all meetings to be face-to-face post COVID-19.

Although some meetings will still need to happen in a boardroom, it is likely many will opt for less important meetings to be done virtually. This means that there is less of a need to travel for meetings, which is a real positive for the environment.

Another benefit of reducing travel time for meetings includes the cost implications on businesses. With more employees opting to conduct meetings virtually, the need for travel will reduce therefore expenses reducing too.

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