While no one could have predicted all of the workplace-related changes that hit companies like a ton of bricks in 2020, that hasn’t stopped experts from making some predictions about 2021. Here’s what they have to say:
- Remote work is here to stay. While this was a difficult transition at first, many employees have settled into this way of functioning; and managers have found ways to make it successful as well. In at least one survey, 70% of employees would like to continue working remote—at least some of the time—post-pandemic.
- Tech, too, is here for the long haul. Employers and workers alike agree that technology enabled them to continue functioning, communicating, and innovating, even as the pandemic raged on. Companies will be looking at how to upgrade their use of technology, expand their bandwidth, provide employees with mobile devices, and tighten cybersecurity.
- Health is in the spotlight. Employers have experienced first-hand the impact stress and crises can have on employees, and they realize that mentally and physically healthy teams are essential. The stigmas are gone, and more companies are prioritizing mental and holistic health offerings for employees.