As COVID-19 pandemic restrictions ease in many parts of the world, as co-exist strategy adapted, employers hope to get back to business as usual. How to get employees return to work and what workplace environments change that needed be the new focus area for most employers.
The reality for adapting automation, digital workspace and cloud computing alike, make employers realise not all employees are needed to provide them with a dedicated physical workspace all the time. A dramatic change in the workplace is expected, such as shrink in the physical workspace. Some positions are expected to be permanently remote, where it also opens for much better candidates at much lower pay since it practically broadens the choice available beyond the current restriction of the single city.
Mass resignations trend continues in more and more countries without a sign for stop. Those offered voluntary resignation in all kinds of mean and massive posts are not filled back as expected. And more fresh new graduates are joining the workforce each year who provide much more relevant background education employers may need.
Hybrid work is a new reality every employer and employees must catch up fast. From an employee, you are expected to catch up and be capable of switching from on office to remote to work from anywhere. As the more advanced emerging technologies are developed and cater for the background total visibility for the employer to track employee performance, from what they can access seamlessly from work from office to work from anywhere, regardless of laptop, tablet or smartphone you will use.
Regardless of changes, one fundamental expectation for all kinds of jobs remains the same, to get things done and deliver results. Those who can deliver results will be needed, and those who can not deliver results will be replaced by technology automation or someone who can perform.
The new modern office work essential skills go beyond to operate Microsoft Office suite or alike. It is capable of performing assigned work where employees expect to get the results out whether from work from the office or work from anywhere. As the world continues to transit toward project economy, it is important you possess all the competency needed, whether assigned in the global virtual project team to provide different roles and support across different nature of project assigned.
If the productivity revolution from typewriter to computer is one giant quantum leap in the past, follow with the internet connectivity. Then the world next normal with the COVID-19 pandemic as the change accelerator will symbolize another quantum leap as the world toward the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) industry 4.0 which offers a variety of the changes that breakthrough previous paradigm, and plenty of the opportunities are waiting for those who are ready.
Since Kenichi Ohmae published the book The Borderless World in 1999, the interlinked economy makes it less matter for the country for most of the businesses operated globally. Every business should compete in the globally interlinked economy, by forge strategic alliances and to leverage each other’s resources to get more they can perform alone. This is essential for the project economy. For those who lack the mentality of global competitiveness, and still operate in the narrow lens of domestic and local, and the rest of the world, will be in range of the business problem in the medium or short time horizon, depending on how fast the dynamic change of the market landscape you are in.
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