The office as we know is a thing of the past.
Today more than ever, companies are going through such a powerful transformation period it could very well be the beginning of a new era when it comes to managing talent, choosing workspaces, and defining the ever-blurring lines between work and life.
2020 will go down as the year where every employer, from the most progressive and innovative startup – picture a pet-friendly HQ and vegan snacks and unlimited vacation – to the old-fashioned company that runs on a 9-to-5 workday tradition, cubicles and lukewarm coffee, had to make significant changes to the way they work and manage employees. Most importantly, perhaps, they were all forced to give remote work a real chance.
As employees transitioned from working full-time at a company office to managing their workload from the coach, or at best, from their home office, companies had to adjust their policies and offerings to facilitate a smooth transition.
The reality is, no matter how modern or traditional the office was, there are many things workers used to get at work that they are now missing at home.
How can employers help?
A few months into the remote work experiment, both companies and professionals are more knowledgeable about what it takes to succeed when working from home, yet there are still many challenges to overcome.
From dealing with uncomfortable workspaces to social isolation, to having to balance work with caring for a child or a family member, for many workers, giving up their office spot meant a lot more than switching to a smaller monitor and skipping the commute.
However, as we become more used to working away from our teammates and staying productive in the midst of a rather unstable and transformative moment, there is great opportunity for innovation and creativity in the area of human resources and workspace management.
Now, how can companies ensure their staff is healthy, happy, and cared for without gathering them in a commonplace or even meeting them individually? That is the million-dollar question for HR professionals and thought workspace leaders around the globe.
Luckily, technology has allowed us to stay connected and in sync, in a time when it’s smarter to be physically apart – and it has also given employers the opportunity to get creative when providing comfort and useful services to their employees.
The truth is there is a number of things our office had and our home lacks – but it doesn’t mean we need to give them up entirely. Above, we have compiled a list of useful resources that can help employees feel more comfortable, productive, and appreciated while working remotely.