5 Positive changes to workplaces post-covid

5 Positive changes to workplaces post-covid

We’re starting to see the light at the end of the Covid-19 pandemic tunnel and looking forward to going back to life as we knew it. Or are we? Some of the changes we have gotten used to during this time will probably stay with us and change the way we live and work. Here are five positive changes to workplaces to look forward to in a post-Covid world.

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We’re on remote

Sure, we sort of knew from before that a lot of work could be done from anywhere and not necessarily in an office. But the pandemic made us prove it, and now we know for sure: It is possible, and many of us liked it. We enjoyed going to meetings without wearing pants, and we enjoyed working from bed, grabbing a snack from our own fridge, and blasting heavy metal in our home office without headphones … Though we missed our colleagues and small talk around the coffee machine.
And when offices and other workplaces open again, maybe we will not return to our old desks right away. The famous digital nomad obviously did not need a tropical island or cabin in the woods to do their thing – any couch or park worked. And soon, every coffee shop or library will too.

We’re efficient

This year and a half of restrictions, social distancing, and a limited number of visitors to shops and restaurants have perhaps not been very fun – but actually, it has taught us a lot. Businesses worldwide have developed new ways of solving the logistical problems of meetings, services and visits to everything from libraries to supermarkets. And not only businesses and organisations, but also people – during and after business hours – have been compelled to think about their everyday planning in new ways. When you are encouraged to work from home, avoid public transport, and not visit the grocery store when you are used to, you have to think anew.

When life gets back to normal, this new normal will probably be a little smarter and neater than it used to be.

We save the environment

The past year and a half have shown that a lot of travelling – and thus a lot of CO2 emissions – actually wasn’t quite as necessary as we thought. As a lot of professionals around the world may stick to working from home, everyday commuting might decrease, and as we have gotten used to remote meetings and video conferences, a lot of long business trips could be made virtually instead of physically; both important steps to minimizing climate gas emissions.

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We’re flexible

Being able to work from home can save time that otherwise would be lost to commuting, make it easier to combine work with family life, or allow you to live where you like regardless of where your job is located. But it is not for everybody – there are many who prefer having a place to go, meet colleagues in real life, and properly separate company time from their own. Hopefully, as many as possible will get it the way they want, and that may change the design of tomorrow’s workplaces. If a growing part of the workforce chooses to work – in part or entirely – on remote, employers may start looking for smaller premises that can be altered, perhaps from day to day, depending on the number of people present and their specific needs, such as privacy or space for large meetings.

It will take some effort to make this work, but done right, this is a great possibility to make working life available and better adjusted for individual needs.

We are digital

Of course, a lot of work, as well as large parts of our lives in general, were digital long before the pandemic. But this new situation did not only cause an explosion of online meetings – but it also gave a flying start to lots of other kinds of software services, definitely moving a large chunk of work as we know it into the cloud: Creative work and all kinds of coworking, administration, economy, human resources, planning, scheduling… The fact that we quickly got used to working like this does not mean that we will keep doing exactly like this after the pandemic, but things will not go back to what they were before it.

As new and clever solutions and applications keep developing, businesses will find ways of combining these new tools to solve problems and find ways to evolve.

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