It’s safe to say that the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way things operate, both in the workforce and in life in general. For employers, the pandemic has definitely presented plenty of challenges. As we continue to navigate the crisis, employers must look to the future — what happens after COVID-19 is finally over, whenever that may be? Here are five things employers should expect in the coming years once we’ve defeated the pandemic:
Demand for Greater Transparency
If your business wasn’t transparent with its employees before, it’s a safe bet that there will be a push for it afterward. And that’s a good thing — employees want and deserve to know what’s going on behind the scenes. As we’ve seen top executives continue making bloated salaries as low-earning employees must take unemployment, and huge corporations take government bailouts mere weeks after revenue slows, employees are likely going to demand a greater level of transparency moving forward.
Clarity on Wages and Medical Benefits
If there is one thing that a global pandemic and resulting economic downturn makes employees think about, it’s their medical benefits and wages. In the same way that your company can expect to be more transparent about top-level executives and business-wide protocols, you’ll want to be as clear as possible when it comes to employees’ wages and insurance packages.
Increased Work-From-Home Hours
The COVID-19 pandemic has also made it clear that many jobs that were previously done on-location can actually be performed virtually. Thanks to modern technology, there simply isn’t a need for someone to sit in a cubicle all day when they could do the same thing without leaving home. And the myth that working from home results in lower productivity is continuing to lose traction as employees across all industries prove it wrong.
Flexible Leave/Vacation Policies
Employers should be cognizant of the hardships that many families have faced throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and the related need for time off in order to care for their family members and get their lives back in order. Along with increased work-from-home hours, things like flexible leave, start and end times, and vacation policies will probably see greater implementation in the years after the pandemic.
Possibility of Layoffs or Closures
Unfortunately, it’s possible that the months or years of economic hardship will be too much for certain businesses to handle without making adjustments. Layoffs or even full-on closures may be in the future for some employers, so it’s important to think about these possibilities ahead of time in order to offer the best options possible for your employees.
While it’s impossible to say where the coronavirus pandemic will lead us, everyone is in agreement that it’s changed our world in many ways. Employment is just one of them. If you’re in need of help with staffing, that’s where we come in — get in touch with Axiom Staffing Group to learn more.