2020 has been a year of shifts and changes. The global pandemic exposed businesses and companies from around the world to unprecedented challenges and pressure. However, among the various challenges that organizations faced, none of them were as portentous as the way of how they work. So, let’s take our lessons from 2020 and move on. Now, as we transition from 2020 to 2021, we’re looking forward to a completely new set of workplace trends. Let’s take a look at the top 5 workplace trends in 2021 that are here to stay.
Last year has been monumentally challenging for business managers. With the lockdown imposed on the world due to the pandemic, most companies went through business slowdowns. However, professionals from around the world adapted quickly. They learned how to shift their work to remote and make things work for business continuation.
Among such unprecedented situations, some of the new workplace trends and preferences will continue to thrive even in 2021. So, here are some of the major trends that will rule how workplaces will be in 2021.
A Diverse Team From All Over The World
2020 will not only be known for the pandemic, but also for some of the major social movements that happened around the globe. One of such major event was the tragic death of George Floyd, followed by the Black Lives Matter movement. This has led companies to rethink their diversity and inclusion strategies and hire a more diverse team.
Also, due to the coronavirus in 2020, companies went through an indefinite transition to remote work. Remote work was enforced and became the new ‘working normal’. So, it’s likely that more and more workforces will have hybrid and diverse teams from different parts of all over the world.
COVID 19 necessitated a need for Work From Home and this trend is definitely going to stay this year as well. However, WFH may seem like a pocket-friendly workstyle, but it is not entirely true.
Remote work has forced many employees to cover basic office expenses of office equipment, costs like coffee, snacks, lunch, etc. So, many employers started giving WFH stipends to their employees. With the remote work trend becoming normal in 2021, WFH stipends will too become a trend for sure.
Virtual Mental Health Aids
With the spread of the pandemic, remote work has been on a rise and will continue to do so. However, working remotely means that employees don’t get to work in a physical office. The sense of disconnection created by this can take a toll on the mental health of employees.
Remote work along with pandemic stress has taken its toll on the mental health of many employees from all over the world. Keeping this in mind, many employers have expanded their mental health support. From 24/7 helplines, to access to mental health apps, workplaces will have an increased emphasis on keeping their employees mentally healthy.
Flexible Working Hours
Working 9-5 has always been a stereotype before the pandemic for employers and employers. However, as the pandemic struck the world and people started working from their homes, this stereotype went out of the window. Working hours limitations are no more a priority for companies as long as the work is done.
One more reason why flexible working hours is going to be the hours of the need is that it is what the modern workforce desire. 71% of employees feel that a rigid workforce affects their personal lives negatively. So, in order to facilitate their employees to have a good work-life balance, companies are going to incorporate flexible working hours.
Accelerated Digital Transformation
The digitization of workplaces has accelerated tremendously since the widespread of COVID 19. With remote work implemented, virtualization of workplaces is no more a trend but a necessity.
The pandemic has been devastating for businesses around the world. Most companies had to shut their physical offices and move to a digital workplace to ensure business continuity. So, more and more workforces from all around the world will be accelerating through a rapid digital transformation to be ready for any unforeseen conditions.