By | Sreekanth K Arimanithaya | Global Talent and Enablement Services Leader, EY Global Delivery Services
The world around has changed. I consciously use a definitive word here. While evolution is constant, what we see in the post-COVID era is a profound change. The question is, what does it mean for us? As employees, leaders, and as an organization.
Many parts of the world and economy seem to be on a reset, making organizations contemplate the model in which people can come back into the workplace, and if it is needed at all. Some have opted for complete remote working while some industries still require physical workplaces. A concept we hear more of these days is the hybrid workplace.
These questions, to be honest, are not new. However, the pandemic has simply accelerated the conversation, and these are the factors that need to be considered:
What we are heading toward is incredible democratization of the workplace in the truest sense. The workplace of the future will be defined by the people and for the people. This means the classic workplace may lose its physicality – no building, no 9 to 5 clock-ins, etc. This would be interesting as many organizations have used (having invested heavily) the workplace facilities as a unique recruitment proposition – cafeterias, recreation zones, engagement areas, sleeping pods, cinema halls, and sporting arenas.
So, what will remain prominent? Here are the socio-cultural trends:
- Work-life balance. For a long time, we have used this term for simply being able to log out on time or being able to run errands during the work hours. More surveys trickle in each day, showing employees are more aware and vocal about bringing a better balance.