Over the past several months, the COVID-19 pandemic has moved workers considered “non-essential” from their offices to their homes and has transformed countless workplaces, jobs and tasks from in-person to remote and virtual.
How will work life be further disrupted as the pandemic lingers into flu season and into a new year? How can companies maintain corporate culture and solidarity without in-person interaction? Which cultures and practices can be strengthened as a result of remote and virtual experiences? What can be done to minimize disruption and maximize innovation to growth and productivity?
Since the pandemic upended the traditional workplace structure, some employees are still in limbo establishing their work space. Many have not had the means to modify their homes to provide a work space that can coexist alongside other family realities. Not everyone’s personality, family circumstances or work style is well-suited to being outside of a traditional workplace setting. Clearly, there is much to be examined about what resources and supports are needed for working remotely – especially in the longer term.
This section addresses the functionality and interaction of teams; the shifting needs and roles of the individual worker, as well as their onboarding, training and professional advancement; the evolution of corporate culture; and the future of the workplace location – headquarters vs. regional vs. individual home office settings. We’ll post some of the best articles and research papers being published with tips on how to successfully work from home, operate remotely and maintain your sanity.