Imagining future of work in post-covid19 world

No doubt Covid19 virus has changed the way we work and live. The dire situation brought to life the power of technology and forced organizations to deploy remote working infrastructure and processes to enable staff to work from home.

Work from home, prior to covid19, was the exception but now it is the norm in most organizations. Travelling for business events and meetings has been halted and instead they are delivered through video conferences where everyone can join from the comfort of their homes.

These changes are better for both employers and employees. And now it is up to us, when all this is done and gone, to learn from it and adopt new working methods to be more productive and be more satisfied with our work.

Imagine a post covid19 work environment where you are not confined to working in just one office location, with the same team and on the same subject as always but one where you can telecommute from anywhere, anytime and collaborate with multiple globally distributed teams while working on different subjects. That will be a truly global, mobile and agile workforce that many organizations always longed for.

Prior to covid19, for many, the approach was to have defined tasks completed in the defined work hours that staff were in the office under full supervision. Now imagine a different approach where the goal is to deliver the expected results in one’s own time from anywhere with no or minimal supervision but with the full collaboration of others.

That is a future that is possible.

That is a future many organizations will try to install in post-covid19 world, and they will do so by leveraging remote working technologies, policies and processes to establish globally distributed, mobile and diverse virtual teams that can lead and support their business operations.

Since it is not a matter of ‘if’ that will happen but ‘when’, employees should also be prepared for that future. Basic elements include setting up home office, mastering online communication tools as well as getting to know the rules and norms of the organization in relation to remote work.