The Future of Work and What Businesses Need to do Now to Thrive

The way many of us work transformed in 2020. From remote working to quickly pivoting business models, the events of recent months have accelerated change and revealed the key skills needed to succeed. 

While the lasting impact is yet to be seen, as we prepare for the Future of Work, what is certain is that adaptability and relationships have never been more important. 

Here are our tips to ensure you and your workforce are prepared. 

Prioritise Technology

Many employees have faced challenges in transitioning to a Work From Home model. A major factor can be the discrepancies in the technology that employees use in their office versus at home. This can lead to frustration and delays. 

As a business, it is your responsibility to ensure that you provide employees with the right technology for their circumstances, allowing them to work to the best of their abilities. By committing to doing this, it ensures that productivity and employee morale will be maintained.

Facilitate Onboarding

Starting out in a new role can be daunting and this feeling is amplified for those starting out remotely. To ensure employees start off on the right foot, ensure that they have all the tools and information they need from the outset – and that they know who to contact, if they don’t. 

It is also vital for new employees to build and maintain relationships with both their coworkers and management. Make a conscious effort to ensure that new employees meet with the team they will be working with remotely.  

Consider putting together a Welcome to the Team kit for new employees as well. It is a great way to make them feel like part of the team. Make sure to include some company swag items that will likely result in your branding being shared on social media as they celebrate their new position. 

Maintain Employee Relationships and Wellbeing

It is important that employee wellbeing is at the forefront of all decision making. There are many ways in which wellbeing can be monitored, from daily check-ins to pulse surveys. You need to know how your employees are coping, if there are any developing issues and how you can help. 

Ensuring that these relationships are nurtured can also help avoid silos being created within teams. Silos can hinder progress and greatly affect productivity. 

Champion Flexibility 

The past few months have shown us that we must be quick in reacting to change. For both employers and employees, flexibility is key in the new working environment. 

Employees expect a work/life balance when it comes to their careers and employers need to prioritise this in order to attract and retain employees. Employers must also understand that two-way communication is vital so that any potential issues can be quickly addressed. 

Employees, at all levels, have a lot more individual responsibility when working from home. It’s more important than ever that they be self-starters. Autonomous problem solving is also an essential personal skill that should be nurtured. 

For more information on how to adapt for the Future of Work, listen to a recent interview with Mackin Group CEO Andy Mackin here or contact Mackin directly here