The way people work prior to the COVID-19 pandemic is not going to be the same as the post-COVID era. The COVID-19 pandemic has made over half of the workforce of America to work from home, and this statistics is similar with what’s obtainable in most part of the world, up to 90% in some places. Some changes might be permanent, while some will be temporary until a vaccine is discovered or the government decides to risk it all. How will the COVID-19 pandemic impact your job in the future? Here are some ways COVID-19 may affect how your job is done:
1. Fewer in-person meetings and more video calls
The Coronavirus pandemic has made video conference calls more popular than before—this is expected to continue even after the COVID-19 pandemic, as it reduces costs of business meetings. If you work in a sales-oriented field, you had better get acquainted with convincing prospects on video calls. Although this doesn’t mean that one-on-one meetings will be eliminated, it just means that un-necessary business trips and appointments may be out of your schedule forever.
2. BYOD policies will be enforced at places of work
Although the concept of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has been in work in most offices, it is the pandemic that acts as a catalyst to make it gain more traction. A BYOD policy ensures that workers in an organization work on their own computers, which will be connected to the company’s network.
The major problem with this method is that an external device can be the vehicle for conveying an attack on the network of the organization. Certainly, we can’t completely shy away from this policy due to its demerit, the best we can do is to learn how to apply BYOD policies safely.
3. Most offices will be re-organized
It’s not logical to assume that the entire world will work from home; how will a waiter work from home? Definitely not possible.
However, some offices will be restructured to ensure the safety of the workforce. We are already seeing trends where organizations with big trading floors and open floors build partitions and cubicles to reduce contact to the minimum level possible without impeding communication. Employers will likely continue this layout even after a vaccine is discovered, as long as it doesn’t affect productivity.
4. Constant monitoring from employers
Employers have come up with ways to measure and track the productivity of employees working from home, and this is expected to be extended to the traditional office areas if work resumes fully. Companies that have a strategy for tracking the productivity of staff in the workplace have extended this to their remote employees.
Some strategies used include; tracking how often you leave the vicinity of your computer, tracking your keystroke on your computer, etc. Although some people have raised some evident issues of privacy, companies maintain that these actions are essential to ensure that employees remain productive.
Life will go on. Businesses will continue. Will the changes be permanent? We can’t tell for sure. Employers will first try some methods before agreeing to one; as such, all employees should expect changes in their company’s policies—if they haven’t gotten one already. One certain thing in this period of uncertainty is that some permanent changes are coming to the workplace.