The pandemic has changed the company’s operational system and employees’ work environment, especially with the remote working method. Working from home may be an adjustment at the start of large-scale social restrictions. Therefore, we must start to get used to it in the future, especially in entering this new year. Because until now, the end of the pandemic cannot be predicted.
Invest in the professional development of the workforce
Every employee has a goal to develop their skills and knowledge to achieve career advancement. The ideal workplace is responsible for investing in employee development, one way is by offering courses. Besides that, it also provides regular feedback on performance over a certain period. When there are open vacancies, prioritize employees themselves before looking for candidates to leave. This will foster trust because you feel your boss has played an active role in career advancement. So they tend to stay in the company. A few tips, by providing consistent praise and recognition, your team will be more eager to contribute to the company.
A working environment that cares about mental health
The COVID-19 pandemic has also had an impact on the psychological side of most people. The workers believe that this year is the most stressful in their history facing the many burdens of anxiety in the work environment caused by COVID-19. When employees suffer from stress and other mental health problems, they tend to rely more on technology than people for support. The reason is that there is still a bad stigma surrounding mental health, employees are certainly not viewed negatively by their colleagues. They are afraid of being excluded or losing their jobs, especially during this recession. Pay attention to the mental health of the workforce.
Employees prioritize safety and security in the working environment.
During COVID-19, employees expect the company to maintain a work environment and maintain conducive working conditions. When job seekers evaluate job offers, they are sometimes most likely to prefer environmental safety over professional growth opportunities. Employees need the safety feel before they can feel comfortable doing their job and being part of an organization. Not every organization prioritizes the safety and well-being of its workforce. Companies that implement strict health protocols will be more effective in recruiting and retaining the workforce.
Use of the hybrid method
The COVID-19 pandemic inevitably makes workers more aware of the risk of transmission and exposure in the workplace. One of the best methods that companies should do is to implement a hybrid working system. Where employees from different divisions take turns are coming into the office on extra days.
For example, you can divide your workforce into two parts: “Team A” and “Team B”. Then, do rotate between work in the office and remote, thus making the office environment safer. Many employees are more comfortable working directly in the office; therefore, many companies will adopt flexible schedules as they enter 2021.
The acceleration of digital transformation in the working environment
This pandemic situation also has a part in accelerating digital transformation in the workplace, especially the application of technology. With a more significant skills gap, more training is needed for employees to support digital transformation needs. Some examples of digital transformation in the work environment are AI-based software that has been widely adopted to support employee productivity and flexibility levels.
Provide support to female workers
Women still often experience discrimination in the workplace. Even though women have more titles, and higher tags, than men, they are still underrepresented in leadership roles. The current situation raises its own challenges for women, especially those who are married. The problems they usually face are work and personal life balance, childcare, and inequality in the work environment.
Most women have a significant burden on their household. Not infrequently many housewives who have to sacrifice their careers face high demands as parents. In this pandemic, when daycare centres and schools are closed, more women consider dropping their careers or even leaving their jobs. Therefore, the role of companies to support the career needs of women workers is very much needed.
The ideal work environment focuses on making employees happy but is sometimes not easy to achieve. Appreciate every employee and help them in their career. Indeed the right people will survive.