The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was the biggest story of the year in 2020 — and it looks likely to dominate news headlines in 2021 as well. Meanwhile, many employees are still adapting to the “new normal” of life during the pandemic, and more changes appear likely in the foreseeable future.
In 2021, employees should expect the workplace to look different. Some of the things employees should expect at work this year include:
- New Opportunities to Work Remotely
Remote work has been key during the pandemic thus far. By letting employees work from home, businesses have been able to stay afloat during the pandemic without putting their staff at risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.
As the pandemic has progressed, companies are quickly discovering that remote workers can deliver valuable contributions outside of traditional office settings. Therefore, more companies may offer remote work opportunities to employees this year. These businesses may also become increasingly likely to host video conferences over in-person meetings to ensure workers can seamlessly communicate and collaborate from across the globe.
- New Work Policies
Much in how remote work has transformed the way employees complete everyday tasks has changed how businesses manage their data and systems. As such, businesses may implement new work policies to accommodate remote employees. These policies will help secure critical business data and systems and help remote workers securely perform their jobs.
Employees can provide valuable insights to help their businesses establish new work policies, too. In fact, companies may request employee feedback to ensure their policies align with workers’ expectations. The result: work policies that benefit both businesses and employees.
Although automation can be viewed as a means to replace workers, businesses can use it to help employees do their jobs more efficiently than ever before. So, in 2021, companies may explore opportunities to automate redundant tasks. That way, employees can focus exclusively on high-value tasks and ensure their businesses are well-equipped to reach new heights.
To automate work tasks, businesses may identify ask workers how they manage their schedules and which tasks are most cumbersome. They can then explore software and other technologies that can be implemented into their daily operations. Over time, businesses can automate a wide range of tasks and help their workers become more productive.
- HR As a Strategic Driver
Human resources professionals may revamp their strategies in 2021 to accommodate job candidates searching for work in the midst of the new normal. These professionals can target candidates from around the world — and reap the benefits of searching for candidates from a global talent pool.
Job candidates who explore remote work opportunities may find lots of great options at their disposal. By searching globally for the right role, a job candidate may discover a remote opportunity that allows him or her to achieve their career goals.
Move Forward in Your Career in 2021
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