COVID-19 has turned the world upside-down, and in turn, has completely changed the way we work. It’s safe to say that we will likely never go back to the 9-to-5 workday or big, beautiful office spaces. Workers have new expectations and companies need to prepare and adjust. We’ve identified three trends shaping the future of work:
1. Digital Transformation
As more workers go remote, technology is becoming more important than ever. But digital transformation isn’t just about enabling employees to work from anywhere; it’s also about streamlining processes. Creating more efficient and automated workflows, enhancing collaboration (especially when teams are remote), and standardizing processes are key priorities not just for businesses but also for workers.
Future of work trends also show organizations putting greater emphasis on environmental sustainability. While reducing paper usage is certainly part of that (the average office worker prints more than 10,000 pages a year), minimizing the need for physical delivery of documents as well as in-person meetings can also be impactful.
This doesn’t mean companies need to replace employees with technology, but they should figure out how to make collaboration easier and become less dependent on in-person meetings —whether that’s through tools like Microsoft Teams or an eSignature software.
Today’s workers are assuming lifestyles that require employers to adapt to cloud-based applications and collaborative tools that provide them with a virtual office — no matter where they are or what time they’re working. Because of this, more organizations are adopting tools that make remote collaboration from anywhere in the world on any device easier.