Many companies have implemented changes that will stay in place after the pandemic ends because they result in happier employees without a sacrifice in productivity.
We recently polled our readers asking them what changes their companies implemented in response to COVID-19. Here’s what they had to say.
The most popular changes were regular sanitation/disinfection of workspaces, with 15% of those polled answering their companies had enacted such procedures. A socially distanced work environment and remote work arrangement were next, at 13% and 12%, respectively. Video meetings followed at 11%.
Employee temperature/health checks, preventing employees from gathering in groups, and video interviews, on the other hand, were less frequently enacted, coming in at 8%, 8%, and 6%, respectively.
We asked readers what COVID-19-related business changes they thought their companies would keep in place after the pandemic ends. Answers included “working remotely from home, “regular cleaning/sanitizing,” and “remote meetings.”
What Does It Mean?
These results should tell you one thing: companies are making changes. While some companies will no doubt try to get back to the previous status quo as soon as possible, many companies will keep these changes even after the pandemic ends. According to a recent Gartner survey, 82% of respondents planned to permit remote working at least some of the time, while 47% said they intend to allow employees to work remotely full time going forward.
“The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a huge experiment in widespread remote working,” said Elisabeth Joyce, vice president of advisory at Gartner HR. “As business leaders plan and execute reopening of their workplaces, they are evaluating more permanent remote working arrangements as a way to meet employee expectations and to build more resilient business operations.”
If you prefer remote work and your company mandates that all employees must return to the workplace, know that many other companies will be offering flexible work positions. Managers have seen that remote work can function without a sacrifice in productivity, so the perfect job for you might be a remote opportunity.
Do you like the changes that have happened because of COVID-19? If so, which ones? Let us know in the comments section below!