Reinvention, as a consequence of the prevention measures people and companies have had to adapt to, is a constant duty. The changes we are experiencing at work have lost their temporary character, that is why this time is spoken of as a period of transition. In the workplace, trends are being set and defined by companies that have integrated the momentary changes and made them permanent, which in turn has been deemed as new business models because they are innovative, represent resource-savings, and benefit the worker. If companies want to stay current and competitive in the market, it is recommended that they modify the customs that tend to disappear.
Innovation renews the work environment
We have always heard about innovation in the corporate world; we already know that it is a cliché, and we also know that it is paradoxical to make the clarification. But, in the circumstances in which we live in due to the pandemic, innovating is an obligation, such as the health safety measures we must adapt to. The changes that we have experienced in working methods, from face-to-face to remote-work, have led us to learn new ways of operating. Some companies, such as Siemens and Bancolombia, have already decided that certain of these changes in work modalities will remain as permanent, even after the pandemic has passed. It is advised that we continue to adapt and create ways to make remote-working function properly, to better use the physical spaces that are left free, and to learn and offer new experiences. Covid-19 has led to the active implementation, in a very short term, of the concept of innovation in industries that did not require or that believed that they did not need to change anything.
Trust generates savings
Things are done in a certain way because “it has always been done this way,” but that does not mean it is the best way to do them. And, this period of time that we have been practicing different work methods, has proved that good performance at work does not necessarily depend on occupying the space-time conventionally known at a global level. Redefining the way we develop and execute projects in a remote-work mod ality requires a new definition of tasks and activities, a commitment from those responsible and compliance with delivery times. Factors that demand confidence in this remote modality and that when carried out liberate the worker and it is possible that their creativity increases. We have learned that it is not necessary to have employees by your side for tasks to be accomplished. In fact, we dare to think that this has always been the case, but due to convention, or perhaps out of fear, companies did not grant these types of freedoms so openly. Today we see that the new practices have benefited businesses in terms of savings in the use of space, time and costs.
The well-being of the worker favors the company
It seems that the contingency has led companies to care more about the user; we are not only talking about customers and allies, but also about workers. In this new era the main concern is health. Likewise, individuals are inclined to put their health above material interests. Today, having good health is equal to a good quality of life. This interest in the well-being of individuals improves the quality of life of the community; which can be reflected in an efficiency increase of workers. In addition, this sense of sensitivity and fundamental values make companies that adopt these practices more attractive for the recruitment of new talent. We cannot lose sight of the fact that the new generations are aware of the sensitive issues that are trending, and companies cannot be oblivious to them. It is advisable to promote care, explore and learn from all the possibilities and means offered to us today in order to get tasks done.
Companies must reinvent themselves to adapt to the new reality, modifying customs that tend to disappear, if they want to maintain current and competitive in the market. The recommendations are: be attentive to trends in terms of innovation at work, increase trust in workers and prioritize the well-being of the community in general. By advancing in these areas, little by little, we will overcome this transitional stage and adapt to the new era that is coming.