Never in history have we seen such a rapid and radical shift in the way we work as we have over the past year. While the trend towards more flexible working models is anything but new, till spring 2020 many companies have resisted it arguing that such models could never work. The Covid-19 pandemic vaporized this argument as companies have been forced to make their employees work from home and it did work.
At the same time, employees increasingly demand flexible working models. This offers a great opportunity for companies that act now, as e.g. less office space is required, employees lose less time due to commuting, and the talent pool for potential new hires increases. Moreover, such models have shown to increase employees’ happiness and motivation.
1. Prevent burnouts and mental-health-related issues
2. Maintain high productivity
3. Provide required infrastructure and equipment
4. Adjust capability building curriculums
5. Reimagine the corporate culture
6. Redefine leadership to uphold workforce performance and morale
7. Foster effective collaboration standards
8. Establish frequent and consistent communication
9. Invest in cybersecurity and IT resilience
Around 60% of companies globally have experienced an increase of cyber threats or alerts of 25% or more since work from home models were largely applied in early 2020. Companies must establish secure and efficient ways for employees to access and exchange confidential data.
10. Encourage good health habits
What do potential solutions look like?
Reading about all these challenges, we hope you got hooked to learn about practical solutions, which companies have implemented to face these challenges. Over the next weeks, we will discuss the above-listed challenges and related solutions with experts in the respective fields and share our insights with you through LinkedIn – one article per challenge.