Is Covid-19 a curse or a blessing in disguise? Apart from the millions of innocent lives that have been lost and affected, there's one fact that we cannot deny - the advent of this pandemic has led to a fundamental transformation in the existing work culture, workforce management, and mass vendor management systems.
Working from home has become the new norm and people just visit the office for a few hours if it's necessary. In such a scenario, how do you track productivity and manage the workforce as a whole? The rules which applied to the world before Covid-19 are now being altered.
So, let's get to the root of this topic, to predict or anticipate the changes that will occur in workforce management systems after Covid-19.
The Recruitment of Young Employees
Before Covid-19 attacked the population of the world, the employment market was being taken over by young people. Now, governments across the world are stressed out about the fact that these young people will face the loss of jobs and lack of opportunities due to the pandemic. Let's take into consideration the Covid-19 Risk Outlook report, which was published by the World Economic Forum.
According to this report, 49.3% of experienced risk experts have predicted that there will be elevated levels of unemployment amidst the young. But on the brighter side, this issue can be dealt with if organizations utilize their institutional skills and knowledge to re-skill and re-train the existing or prospective employees.
Technological advancements are in progress to aid organizations in improving their communication and management systems. Covid-19 has put digital platforms into the spotlight and is leading to the creation of the required technology, to support a digitized world that will be essential to businesses and their growth.
The Reign of Temporary & Remote Workers
Freelancing and remote working was already in the picture before the pandemic, but now every worker is a remote worker as working from home is a necessity. People are re-learning how to communicate with each other and carrying out tasks as a group but from a distance. And humans, being creatures of adaptability will transition into this type of working environment, which allows more flexibility and comfort.
Temporary work is another sector that is soaring high. Temp workers are getting fixed in an economy where labor competition is aggressive and high-paying positions are rare. Organizations used to worry about hiring such workers, as they didn't know how to keep a track of their productivity and work performance, but now they're finding new ways to stay in the loop.
Technology, once again, plays a huge role in making this happen. We shall also notice a rise in the number of these types of workers being hired by organizations. They have realized that proximity has not much to do with productivity and longer hours don't always mean better output, as management and efficiency are what matters.
The Rise of Empathy & Care For Employees
Business leaders across the world are being pushed to adjust their approach toward workforce management. The existing systems will be tweaked to ensure the health and safety of employees, measuring their productivity and providing motivation and preparing leaders to lead in a re-furbished environment.
The empathy factor will significantly increase as organizations will realize the importance of workers who have stuck around even during the tough economical times boosted further by Covid-19.
Steps will be taken to nurture and protect the mental, physical, social, and financial well-being of the employees as well. Many organizations are already investing in programs that are aimed at mental health. 'Workforce Health' is no longer just a budding concept, it's in practice. Almost a year ago, the World Health Organization tagged 'burnout' as a workplace syndrome that costs $125 billion per year. Hence, the emotional well-being of employees was already a priority before the virus came along. It is just going to get further enhanced! And this will persist long after the pandemic loosens its hold upon the world.
A Culture of Openness & Transparency
This challenging phase has led us to be kinder and more supportive of one another. Even with a cloud of uncertainty hovering over our heads, we are accepting the fact that we have less control and need to have more trust.
Paradoxically, the distancing is leading to more connections. More flexible teams are being built that can work remotely, yet in a deft manner.
And this trust and support are strengthening teams from the core and making them well-equipped to deal with the other uncertainties that might prevail in the future.
The Integration of Workforce Management Software
Business leaders are actively thinking about what can be and cannot be done, beyond their traditional processes. Innovations at workplaces are intending to find simpler, faster, and more cost-efficient ways to operate. And this is where a workforce management software will act as a significant support system.
At the office, you have all the employees working under the same roof, but now that most of the workers are functioning remotely - having some software will allow you to get better control over shift management, information about a candidate's availability, to get a clear picture of the employee's qualifications and professional background. It will also somehow get all your workforce under the same roof, but virtually.
Even after the pandemic subsides, having such a system will continue to make the processes smoother.
No matter which industry we come from, our experience has been challenged. Organizations from a diverse range of backgrounds are reinventing their workforce management systems in the right way so that they can bounce back to the game even stronger than before.
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