COVID-19 has become synonymous to working from home. The pandemic
has really transformed the workplace and digitized the relationship between
employees and their employees. This is the new normal. In order to survive the
effects of the pandemic, companies and organizations now must reposition
themselves and take advantage of the opportunities brought about by this
pandemic. Some of the changes and opportunities for employers and employees include:
employees – employers
must now encourage their employees to shift their mindset to one of continued
learning to be able to deal with emerging changes easily such as changes
brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Employees should be conversant with new
advanced technologies which lead to creation of new roles. Upskilling and
reskilling will help employees move to new areas of a business when need
working from home – the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a new norm of working from
home. Going forward, people might not necessarily have to go to work
physically. Thanks to Covid-19 many employees who were initially reporting to
work daily have now been forced to create work stations at home and set up the
necessary technology needed for them to effectively work from home.
now putting more emphasis on mental and physical health of employees – more and more employers are
now more concerned about the mental and physical well-being of their employees.
Most employers have reviewed their workplace policies to ensure the right
measures and steps are put in place to protect their employees. There is now
increased cleanliness and hygiene in offices. Employees have more working space
and their mental health is of key importance.
for employees – with the emergence of the covid-19 pandemic, many employers have
offered flexibility to their employees in terms of the number of working hours
employees have to put in and also flexibility on where employees have to work
from. Employers are now focusing more on what outcomes employees must achieve
every day and how this impacts on their lives and health. Employers have
evaluated jobs and resolved on which jobs can successfully be achieved from
home and which jobs require the physical presence of employees at the
workplace. Many employers have offered their workers flexibility to work from
home and decide on how many hours they need to physically come to the office.
Some companies have ended up shrinking the number of employees working from the
office while some have been laid off owing to their jobs becoming redundant.
uptake of E-learning opportunities – the covid-19 pandemic and
the lockdown and shutdown restrictions that have come with it have offered an
opportunity to many to further their education online. Many employees have
taken up online classes, trainings and seminars which offers more convenience.
Other employers have embraced the opportunities brought about by the pandemic
and offered additional training to all their employees virtually. Employers
have also improved on their technology and refined it to offer more meetings
and trainings online and this has really cut on costs associated with physical
trainings and meetings. It is believed that even after the pandemic e-learning
opportunities are here with us to stay.
working with agility – Covid-19 has led to large numbers of employees working remotely.
This has revealed how fast employees can adapt and act in agility to meet work
goals. Companies now have a better grip of what can and cannot be outside their
businesses. Companies have found less expensive, simpler and faster ways to run
Despite the negative effects that have been brought about by the
pandemic such as job losses, layoffs, businesses closure and increased
unemployment levels, Covid-19 has created positive change to the workplace.
Employers are more cautious of their employees’ welfare and are preparing the
workplace to adjust to the new normal.
Covid-19 proves to be a catalyst to change,
re-invention of the future of work and creation of opportunities for businesses
and companies to look at things differently. Companies must now equip their
employees with skills, physical resources and invest in changing the behaviour,
values and mindset of employees to ensure that the future of work is sustained
even after we overcome the covid-19 pandemic.