Changes are happening
As technology continues to evolve, and the media industry continues to change generationally, the time has now come for employers to address working from home in a more serious and constructive way. Yes, allowing employees to work from home has already been happening, but it has been happening at a snail’s pace. Covid-19 just delivered what I like to describe as the ‘Big Bang of working from home’.
And look! The sky has not fallen in! Productivity continues and employees are, for the most part, happy (though likely feeling a bit of cabin fever), not suffering through a daily commute, and appreciating the increased autonomy. As I have often said, believing in your employees and giving them room to prove themselves is always a winning strategy.
Moving forward, it is highly likely that working from home will now be part of the standard, with employees rotating between being in-office and working remotely. This will allow companies to continue saving on overhead costs – including space, utilities, and other perks offered to in-house employees.
Re-entry post Covid-19
Serious thought will need to be given to re-entry and employees will definitely not be returning to the same work set-up they had prior to the exodus.
However, before the “new normal” can be up and running, precautions will have to be taken and office space altered in order to ensure that the health and well-being of employees is preserved. No more close-proximity seating, no more hot desks, no more sharing of equipment, lots of distancing in meetings, Lysol wipes everywhere, and the way events and parties are done will have to be re-imagined.
Importance of Mental Health
Something else to bear in mind is that this has been a very difficult time for many people and they will be feeling fear and trepidation as they come out of self-isolation and back into the general population. As such, companies will need to make sure that there are on-going services available to help employees deal with this, ensuring a safe space for them and significant mental health support. As has been proven time and time again, if take good care of your employees they will take care of you.
It’s going to be interesting but, all in all, the media industry will survive and thrive and eventually we will all once again be comfortable with our working life, however that may look.
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