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3 Workplace Trends In The New Normal

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Ever since COVID-19 became a global pandemic, it has reduced economic activity all over the world across all industries. In addition, it negatively affected most startup to mid-range enterprises through sales reduction, increased expenses, and labor-related obstacles like remuneration. On the other hand, this situation requires organizations to incorporate digitization to facilitate their new online business transactions and processes, which allows them to cater to the demands of their consumers continuously. 

Now that millions of the working class are mostly vaccinated, companies are gradually adopting the trends to keep up with their competition. Since most businesses have lost their stable revenue flow for more than two years, organizational leaders need to gain a higher return on investment by implementing a new workplace setting. Once they do so, they’ll start attracting diverse talent and discovering different ways to differentiate themselves as employers of choice, which allows them to hire highly competitive candidates. 

This article provides you with the top workplace trends in the new normal. 

  • 1. The Hybrid Work Setting Is Here To Stay 

When the world went into lockdown, most organizations had to experiment with possible work arrangements like the hybrid setting. This workplace model is one where the workforce can do their tasks at the business establishment or work remotely from a different location, usually at home. This approach provides flexible hours and a fortifying shift in office environments, enabling employees to focus on their tasks and increase productivity. It also limits the capacity of traditional offices since health protocols are in place to contain the spread of the virus.

The main objective of the hybrid work model is to enable organizational leaders to support every employee and their preferred work style without causing performance downtime. For employees, this office setup offers greater freedom and the ability to work while receiving all the support necessary by using advanced tools, which speeds up every essential project. On the company side, this approach delivers multiple cost-saving benefits and various management opportunities while enabling better space utilization without affecting the consistent delivery of goods and services. 

Since the practical advantages of this setup are evident in a boost in overall organizational performance, entrepreneurs and employees can expect to experience this model. While nobody has completely figured out the proper way to implement this setting, this office environment will continuously evolve and offer a more efficient work experience for both employers and employees. You can read more here about how companies must adapt to the hybrid workplace. 

  • 2. Employers Prioritize Workforce Well-Being More Now

One of the most devastating effects of the global pandemic is its impact on the mental health of everybody because nobody exactly knows how long it will last. Some companies filed for bankruptcy or laid off most of their staff because their operational costs outweighed their revenue. As a result, all affected employees went through a period of anxiety, which affected their work productivity and income flow.  

Now that most industries are accepting the new normal, most organizations prioritize the well-being of their employees to improve retention rates and reduce downtime. They explore creative and actionable solutions to support their staff effectively by adopting a framework that revolves around holistic wellness, flexibility, compassion, and meaningful interactions. Some successful corporations provide frictionless access to professional healthcare services, which include mental health support, childcare, and caregiving for the sick. 

Another way to prioritize the well-being of your employees during the new normal is to consult them about their perspectives on a possible project or resolution plan. As you continue to initiate this active engagement in the decision-making process, your team will feel appreciated, which urges them to be more receptive to future significant policy changes. You can effectively address their concerns, apply their recommendations, and secure a less challenging progression towards a hybrid work system. 

  • 3. Turnover Rates Will Increase

Since the hybrid office setting is now a viable option for most organizations, most employers expect their staff to be readily available whenever they call for an in-house setup. However, this approach affects the decision of the most recently hired employees to have a more comprehensive selection of employers when location is not a factor, which results in a higher turnover rate. As a result, there’s an urgency to gain scarce and complex capabilities while optimizing costs in the existing economic climate, which can be challenging. 

To alleviate this continuous turnover, entrepreneurs need to connect their hybrid staff to the organization’s culture and improve their talent processes to grow their workforce networks. While turnover rates are likely to increase during the new normal, you can still broaden the range of your talent acquisition tactics under consideration to prepare for such a situation. For instance, you may establish norms, processes, and infrastructure that support workforce mobility to create an internal labor market, which can be an easier way to attract more employees. 

Key Takeaway

As a business owner who wants to continue thriving throughout the pandemic, you must find valuable methods to stay ahead of the competition and gain a higher market share. Consider familiarizing yourself with these three workplace trends as the new normal. Once you do so, you can implement the hybrid setup, prioritize employee well-being, and alleviate turnover rates by making your acquisition strategies more appealing.


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