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Is It Time to Say Goodbye to Traditional Ways of Working?
For many of us, the ways in which we will work in the future, are undoubtedly under question. If the global pandemic has taught us one thing - it’s that we are much more adaptable than we think. The fear we all felt back in March about the prospect of having to work from home for the foreseeable is almost a distant memory, and we’ve pretty much turned into working from home gurus.
Of course, the office is still sorely missed. The virtual cuppas just don’t compare to the regular chats with teammates while grabbing a coffee. But has this global pandemic changed the world of work forever?
The 9-5 is out
Thanks to working from home, we’ve been able to become more fluid in our working patterns. With the added pressure of childcare and household duties, it can be almost impossible for some workers to complete a 9-5 day while working from home.
An article by the New York Post published in 2018 claimed that more than half of American workers would choose to work from home because of the flexibility and the working from home perks. The fact the article was published 2 years ago, largely suggests the death of the 9-5 has been on the horizon for a while. The future of work and our future jobs are now far less reliant on any one definable, physical space.
Giving your employees the freedom to schedule their work in around their personal life could do wonders for productivity and engagement levels. Research indicates that an intensive, shorter day is more productive than the usual eight-hour day. It will also show employees that you trust them and value their independence, thus leading to a better manager/employee relationship.
Do we need bricks and mortar?
With working from home more of a success than expected for many businesses, it raises the questions of do we really need a bricks and mortar office to get the job done?
Thanks to modern-day technology workers have been able to carry on as normal with their day to day duties they would complete in the office. And with the help of popular video calling apps such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom, team meetings have been able to go ahead as usual. With workplaces around the world being more reliant on technology than ever before, work in the future is certain to place a greater emphasis on ‘going digital’; more so than we could have ever anticipated.
Productivity is on the rise
Although we thought it was impossible when the lockdown first began to get almost anything productive done while working from home, research has found that productivity levels are on the up.
A survey of 1000 people who were now working from home because of the global pandemic found that 48% said they were more productive working from home. Although working from home comes with its feelings of loneliness and isolation, the lack of distractions from colleagues and the opportunity to take frequent breaks throughout the day means that workers can end up being more productive than they would be in the office. It’s likely that these statistics and the current climate will have a massive influence upon future jobs and typical working conditions.
Better work-life balance
Because of the flexible working schedules that come with working from home, it means that workers can manage their work life balance more effectively.
More time spent in the house means more time spent with loved ones and being able to do other jobs such as child-care duties and running day to day errands that can be done easily when working from home. Is this new way of working a possible work-life blend?
A stable work-life balance is also paramount to employee wellbeing and a healthy working environment. Without being able to escape from work, workers will never have the time to switch off and therefore leading to a productivity burnout.
There’s no denying that this global pandemic has turned the world of work upside down. Our working environment, future job ideals and how we work in the future have been dramatically changed. However, as said before, it’s certainly shown us that we are much more adaptable than we think.
Traditional working may be out the window for some time, but with productivity levels on the rise and a more improved work life balance, who's to say these changes aren’t for the best?
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