What is the new Future of Work?
2020 has been an unprecedented year, both our personal and professional lives have been disrupted and altered in ways we couldn’t have predicted at the start of the year. As 2020 draws to a close, we are turning our attention to 2021 and beyond to consider what the new future of work looks like.
Increase in working from home
The shift to working from home in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic was intended to be temporary, and for many, it will be but for some even after the vaccine has rolled out homeworking will be a part of their everyday lives.
It is anticipated that post-COVID-19 many organisations will continue to offer some form of home working to their employees, whether they work completely from home or for a few days a week.
Removing the daily commute saw an increase in productivity and the number of hours worked for many businesses across the UK. According to ONS in their April report, around 30.3% of those working remotely worked more hours than usual.
Remote working can work to improve a good balance between work and life, not to mention reduced travel costs for employees and for companies that go fully remote lower operational costs.
More flexible working patterns
Going beyond working from home it is expected that more flexible working hours for everyone will become normal in the new future of work.
Offering flexibility with the times that someone is expected to work, rather than sticking to the business norm of Monday to Friday 9-5, can further help improve work/life balance and improve the satisfaction and wellbeing of employees.
As flexible working becomes more commonplace, the expectations for all employers to offer this will grow and while this change won’t happen overnight it is anticipated that it will happen in the coming years.
Flexible working can also help close the gender equality gap and open up more opportunities for working parents as childcare becomes easier to manage when flexible working is an option.
More mobile workers
The traditional office environment as we currently know it may become a thing of the past in the coming years, as more companies and employees begin to operate and work remotely. But remote working in a post-COVID world will not just mean working from home.
It could include hot desking or employees working from their favourite hotspots such as coffee shops and cafes. Technological advancements and improved collaboration from remote teams mean that working together in a physical office is no longer the only way to do things and an increasingly mobile workforce will be part of the new future of work.