COVID-19 is Changing the Workplace: Here’s All You Need to Know
The coronavirus pandemic hit us out of nowhere, and completely upturned the world as we knew it. Never before had we imagined to be doing things the way we had to during the pandemic. Homes, offices, markets, public places transformed. Not a single industry, in no corner of the world, has remained untouched and unaffected.
The new way of existing, living, and working became routine, no matter how uncomfortable it may have seemed to some, everybody had to adapt in the face of a deadly virus. The ‘new normal,’ some call it. Even after the pandemic will be gone, the world will feel its after-effects. The world will probably never go back to the way it was pre-pandemic.
Among the many spheres of life that COVID-19 touched, one was the workplace. Offices and workplaces from all around the world shut down with hardly a week’s notice, and everybody was made to work from the safety of their homes to avoid catching the virus.
Within days, all businesses and corporations were running from homes. The traditional offices were shut down because the coming together of so many people in one place posed dangers to the safety of everyone. Thus the traditional workplaces were temporarily disbanded.
Some predict that this change will not be as temporary and that even after the virus is long gone, some of the practices that we have adopted for work will be here to stay. Here are some ways that the future of workplaces will change in the wake of the pandemic.
More Work From Home
Now that people know that it is possible to get work done from home, just as effectively as in an office, it might become more common for employees to alternate between the two. The work from home arrangement benefits employers and employees both in a lot of ways, and we might see a hybrid working system in the coming years.
Video Calls Over In-Person Meetings
With many such apps being made present to the people to facilitate work, people will eventually start making the shift to video call meetings instead of in-person meetings. More and more companies will start inviting people to meetings over Zoom instead of engaging the conference rooms.
Business Attires will Change
During the pandemic, people got used to dressing comfortably for work. There is literally no correlation between looking a certain way and getting work done, so some workplaces may relax some of their policies about strict dress codes, and adopt a more causal system.
For now, one thing is for sure. We must all have work-ready homes, so we can all continue to benefit from the work-from-home arrangement whenever work allows. For that, we need to have appropriate office furniture so we can work comfortably from homes. Office furniture might be expensive but here is a cheaper alternative: used office furniture!
Continental Office Groups have many such used office desks and chairs available for purchase, so you can have a comfortable work station at home, at a reasonable price, ever-ready for you to make the switch to WFH.