Adopting the new normal
As companies move forward towards the new normal, there is an inherent need to assess the present roles and adopt a phased approach to establish a balance between gig workers and permanent employees. This calls for an internal assessment of essential and non-essential roles.
While the former may include server and network administrators, sales and marketing personnel, who need to be present at their respective jobs; the latter may include technology and automation driven roles like mobile application development, software development, HR, financial and legal planning, etc.
Techies like Twitter, Google
, and Microsoft have announced lenient WFH policies for its employees. Twitter
went ahead to announce permanent WFH positions until at least 2021.
Amidst skyrocketing unemployment rates, even in an economic powerhouse like America, combined efforts need to be made to re-establish economic stability without compromising with employees’ health.
For the employers, the coronavirus-induced remote working and work from home, has presented a new model of workplace – which is no more limited to the brick and mortar walls of the company. At least until a cure for the COVID-19 virus is discovered, there will always be a risk of the second wave of the virus. As such, conventional offices do not seem to return soon.
Companies will need to identify nonessential workers (who do not need to be present physically). To revive the revenue and incurred losses due to lost sales, companies would need to cut operational costs.
Hiring remote workers or temporary contractors for on-demand requirements like mobile and web application development seems like a cost-effective model.
Companies can hire temporary employees for high in-demand skills and save long-term recruitment costs. Individual consultants and international freelancing sites like Workfall
can meet the gap between clients and contractors by acting as a connecting marketplace.
On the other hand, employees who were forced to work from home during the pandemic may get used to the comfort and flexibility of a remote job. For the unemployed workers with the required skills and expertise, temporary jobs present a golden opportunity to connect with great companies and showcase their skills.
Employees who were forced to work from home during the pandemic may get used to the comfort and flexibility of a remote job.
Wrapping up, undoubtedly the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated one of the greatest workplace transformations. It would be interesting to see how soon can businesses identify the opportunities and prepare themselves for internal success as well as for world health.