No one would deny that 2020 was a pivotal year. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affected everything from what we eat to where we shop to how we work. Even as vaccinations roll out and workplace restrictions slowly lift, the impact on the world’s economy will not be so easily erased.
In this new post-COVID world, what can you expect? Whether you’re looking for a new job or trying to hire, it pays to be mindful of these upcoming trends in the business world.
1. Remote work will be more common
Before the COVID outbreak, working from home was a rare exception. But as businesses found themselves under quarantine restrictions, they began looking for ways to adapt.
Suddenly, telecommuting became a necessity. Companies like Zoom skyrocketed to new heights as they connected workers and families from around the world. We relied on the internet more than ever, and we discovered how much was possible with a laptop and WiFi access.
While some firms have already begun scaling back on remote work, others have embraced it wholeheartedly. Expect telecommuting options to be more common as we all get back to work.
2. The “gig economy” will continue to grow
We saw many businesses, small and large, crumble under pressure and lay off most or all of their staff in the wake of the pandemic. Now, as people begin to rebuild and re-hire, they are looking for ways to minimize risk.
One way to minimize that risk? A flexible workforce. Companies are turning to independent contractors, freelancers, and part-time workers to lighten the load and save on overhead costs. This trend has exploded in recent years with the rise of apps like Fiverr, Uber, TaskRabbit, etc., and it shows no signs of slowing down now.
If you’re looking for a job, this trend means more opportunities in the freelance market. And if you’re an employer who is struggling with staff shortages, this trend also means more opportunities for you. Consider hiring more flexible contract workers or freelancers to fill your roles more quickly.
3. Mental health will become more important
If there’s anything that the pandemic highlighted in our society, it’s that mental health struggles are real. Even more so as workers had to deal with children being home from school and not being able to see family and friends.
While we may not have walked through the hospital corridors with physical injuries, many of us have significant mental and emotional reactions to what happened. Companies that were once reluctant about discussing mental health issues openly will now be more open and willing to explore the rising need for creative approaches to employee wellness.
The world will not be the same after COVID, but with a little forethought, we can adapt to these new changes and thrive both in and out of the workplace. If you are an employee looking for work or an employer looking for the best talent, feel free to contact us to learn more about how we can help.