Only a few years ago, many of us viewed work as something that was done in the office between the hours of 9 to 5. But the pandemic quickly shook this idea as we adapted to working remotely and all that it entails. For some, this has led to The Great Resignation, likely driven by a wakeup call about what is more important than a paycheque.
The trend toward more self-actualizing job choices began before the pandemic with Millennials seeking a higher purpose for work. But the pandemic greatly accelerated this trend in all generations and income levels.
This shift in thinking reflects a collective change in how we think about work itself; what it means to us, and what we need from it. The question now becomes:
In what ways is work forever changed due to the pandemic, and what can leaders do to support workers through this change?
If we accept the idea that remote work and flexible hours are a permanent part of our work culture moving forward, this alone will cause changes in many other aspects of work:
Other than all these changes that come from the adoption of continued remote and flexible work after the pandemic, experts predict a few additional permanent changes to work:
What these changes mean for leaders is that it will be more difficult to manage their teams, build trust, and create the work culture that they want. Leaders will need to make extra efforts to connect people and have exceptional strategic planning. Finally, leaders will have to clearly communicate well-defined goals and priorities to the team.
Whatever changes are affecting your workplace, know that we’re here to help leaders ensure their workers can thrive. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can work together and create solutions that work best for you and your organization.