The digital transition of the industry is ever-present even before the pandemic. It just so happened that COVID-19 drove this change in a rapid escalation. In response, while companies are being resilient in devising better ways to maintain brand stability and client loyalty, the demand for remote manpower has significantly increased and virtual conferences have become the up-and-coming standards of communication. Also, essential services such as healthcare, energy, water, and emergency will stay in-demand, but there will be an obvious shift in the work structure of each service.
We still don’t know what the future holds. But one thing is certain, there will be new workforce trends that will cause significant changes in the overall definition of work.
Since the global outbreak, the gradual shift in the working norms has left companies to scour for
the best alternative strategies to help their business stay above water amid the ongoing global health crisis. The pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down, and most of these changes are definitely here to stay. With the new normal gradually dominating the way we live, businesses must know the different factors that will leave a long-term effect on how to execute their day-to-day work lifestyle.
Below is a breakdown of the most prominent workplace trends in the future. Getting yourself acquainted with these workforce trends will help you seamlessly navigate the new normal’s offbeat setting and know that the industry is poised for transformation.
1. The Increased Demand for Virtual Manpower
Aside from implementing remote working, the demand for virtual assistant services will significantly increase as time goes.
A virtual assistant can be a company’s valuable asset especially during a pandemic where resources are scarce and the budget is limited. Virtual assistants have been proven to be as effective as in-house manpower, and they can be your bread-and-butter in managing your time smartly and effectively. By including them in your existing lineup of staff, you get more chances to focus on devising more efficient ways on how to develop and grow your company during and after the pandemic.
As remote working starts to become the new norm and different virtual assistant trends start to emerge, the demand for a virtual team will significantly increase in the future. Aside from being one of the most practical choices, hiring a virtual assistant to be part of your post-pandemic team will lessen the risk of spreading the disease as they can be hired virtually. With the right person and equipment, you can have a scalable team of experts that can play an integral role in your business’ growth in no time.
2. Post-Pandemic Remote Working
The new normal has transformed the overall structure of how businesses operate. Remote manpower became one of the norms in order to stay afloat amid the pandemic. A study suggested that before the outbreak, 17% of US employees worked from home 5 days or more per week and peaked at a staggering 44% after COVID-19 was declared as a global pandemic.
With these facts alone, remote working seems to be one of the most practical ways to stay in business. Thus, it proves that remote working will still be implemented by companies even in the aftermath of the outbreak. After the world has gone months into quarantine, several months have now claimed that adopting a remote work setting has proved useful and efficient in supporting their staff and sustaining their services.
Also, employees prefer working from home as it enables them to work more flexibly from any location. Other benefits of working remotely include attaining a flexible work schedule, not having to commute, and on top of that, the opportunity to spend time with their family.
It is proven that a happy employee shows efficiency and reliability when it comes to completing their tasks. With different communication software offering seamless communication and taking center stage during the pandemic, remote working became easier and more manageable. The chances are, some employees will more likely prefer working from their homes even after the pandemic.
3. Transition Towards The Digital Era
As said, while the industry’s continuous steering towards digitization has long been present even before the outbreak, COVID-19, has expedited the process and it is forcing businesses to adapt to the new normal with a digital mindset. It is expected that within years, the digital era will take over technology, culture, and ultimately, the workforce structure.
It is without a doubt that the gradual transition towards technological advancement plays an integral role in the current setup of our workforce structure. But as the digital era materializes, the more crucial technology will be for the business industry.
The digital era is approaching fast. Sooner, businesses will realize that the old ways that they are accustomed to are not enough and it is important to keep pace with this ever-dynamic setup with a digital mindset to stay afloat.
4. The Domination Of Millenials
As the “boomer” generation starts to fade into the background, Millennials will start to dominate the overall workforce structure as we know it. Tech-savvy, influential, independent, and always ready to take risks, millennials are the generation’s new face of the business industry. As they start to take over, new leadership styles that focus on innovation and devising campaign strategy on another level are expected to emerge. This change can propel the industry to keep up with the varying community’s demands and expectations.
Perhaps, one of the best benefits of millennial domination is that they grew up in a time when technology is stable and established. Possessing an innate mastery of how to navigate the digital era, millennials can easily propel the business industry’s digitization into perfection.
Also, millennials can be highly instrumental to keep businesses thriving even with the ongoing pandemic. The future holds more sophisticated technology that will make employees work anytime, anywhere. With an “on-the-go” mindset, gadgets, and the power of social media, millennials can provide a more sustainable, flexible, and accessible foundation of manpower.
We Are One Step Away
There is no doubt that returning to how the world used to be is no longer an option. All we need to do is move forward, embrace, and adapt to the changes that the future of the industry holds. Indeed, there are no surefire ways to predict the future, but the current global workforce trends have proven useful to gain insights on how the future of work revamps itself and how it will affect the business industry. That said, keeping a keen eye on these emerging trends is vital to gear your business for the future.