Whitepaper: Preparing for the Post-Pandemic Return to the Workplace

Whitepaper: Preparing for the Post-Pandemic Return to the Workplace

The disruption of 2020 pushed organizations to transform critical business processes rapidly. Many adopted work-from-home strategies practically overnight or had to rethink their supply chains entirely. As difficult as it’s been, there is a silver lining. Much of the transformation has value post-pandemic, and the future of work will likely look quite different.

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There have been enough positives to come out of what the media dubbed “the world’s largest work-from-home experiment” that the ways in which we work may be permanently changed.

Remote work was on the rise before the pandemic. However, it’s been done on such a large scale in 2020 that we have exponentially more data to evaluate it. It turns out that flexible work arrangements can lead to higher productivity. There are other positives. Employees enjoy a better work-life balance tied to the new flexibility. There are far broader talent pools to choose from when geography constraints are reduced and flexible work schedules are allowed.

But going “all-in” on remote work may not be a panacea. Workers also report “reduced personal connections with coworkers, an inability to separate work life from home life, and finding it hard to concentrate during work hours due to distractions at home.”

So, while some organizations have announced they’re making remote work permanent, offices are not about to go extinct. Far more companies are likely to adopt hybrid models with flexibility around where employees are expected to contribute from. A recent Gartner study found 80 percent of leaders plan to permit remote work after the pandemic at least part of the time.

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