During the pandemic, workplaces have undergone major transformations where many businesses, businesses and individuals have abandoned traditional workplaces and brought home working, resulting in the most prominent ‘work from home’ scenario.
Technology played a central role during the lockdown, as many remote technologies were adopted to work effectively and efficiently. Fast forward to the present, in a somewhat vaccinated world, where many remote workers return to their former places of work, technology is helping them now too.
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People have decided to choose what is right for them after exploring alternatives to regular workplaces. Tech giants such as Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Apple, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Spotify, Quora, Amazon and Dropbox to name a few are reluctant to call for all their employees to return to the office after the locking. These global companies have recognized the many benefits of working from home during the pandemic and are allowing the majority of their employees to relocate or work from home. They must work remotely indefinitely in the wake of the Omicron variant, unless their work requires a specialized physical presence.
The Covid-19 panic still rages around the world. While the world is not yet completely immune to the virus, perks like less commute time, flexible working hours, and convenient working environments are making employees opt for the new remote working option. . Workplace software continues to support accelerated productivity and office operations by being integrated into post-pandemic work situations. There are, however, some people who cannot give up the benefits of working in person for fear of missing out on socializing with co-workers or having a hard time adjusting to the new “normal.”
In the post-pandemic era, even though many are returning to their original ways of working, technology is still helping people choose what is feasible for them. This in turn promotes the hybrid working model, where the proper implementation of technology ensures that employees can enjoy the best of both working environments while removing the barriers of each option.
Readjusting to traditional workplaces
A safe workspace and strict hygiene measures are a top priority in post-pandemic workplaces so that employees are comfortable returning to work. To ensure the safety of their employees in their respective workplaces, companies have started to integrate contactless technology. Facial recognition or other contactless biometric verifications are replacing the usual methods of identity verification. Robots are used to clean shared devices or workspace surfaces. AR technology helps maintain a connected network system between employees. Technology is not there only for the practical benefits it provides, but also to strengthen community unity.
Even now, traditional workplaces need to be safe, healthy, and far enough away. Smart offices, buildings with automated features or contactless installations are gaining popularity. Wearable technology is also receiving significant recognition for seamless social distancing, as well as digital payment methods. Post-pandemic workplaces are adapting to the digital shift of smart technologies. While such use of technological advances is even less common in Bangladesh in particular, many hope that these technological options will be used here as well.
On the other hand, some people are concerned about our seemingly over-reliance on technology. Many employers, despite their will, cannot fully embrace the new demands of smart offices or a fully AI-integrated workplace. This is a change that many are struggling to adapt to or even understand as they fear technology will take its place when employment opportunities are already scarce. Many are still concerned about the ever-present concern for the confidentiality of personal data.
Preparing for the future
The pandemic has ushered in a new era of technological revolution. We are becoming more proficient with technology through our experiences with a pandemic. The pandemic brought about a change where we used technology like never before and technology was the way to stay safe and in touch with our loved ones while keeping us productive during long lockdowns. Technology has also helped many people maintain their livelihoods despite having closed their physical workplaces for almost a year. As we move into the post-pandemic era, we have come to truly appreciate the values and capabilities of technology in a more robust way. Nonetheless, the pandemic has changed people’s outlook on business, learning and the workplace. The evaluation of employees’ contributions to the well-being of companies is constantly evolving. It was and continues to be a dark time for many, especially those who could not use technology to their advantage. Some tech companies have made millions of dollars, while many have unfortunately lost their jobs.
These changes should have a lasting impact on how people plan to move forward. Future workers, after realizing that technology is the future of workplaces where work dynamics are constantly changing, try to learn more about it so that they can be ready to use technological tools if the time is right. demands it again.
As companies want to reap the benefits of integrating technology into the workplace with noticeable changes in corporate cultures, they expect technological skills from their future employees. It’s the technology that helps job seekers better prepare for the days ahead. So, experts suggest that we can hope to see a larger increase in the number of people committing to accentuate the soft skills needed for virtual work and sharpen their tech skills for the future of workplaces.