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    The Emergence of Innovative Work Culture during the Post-Pandemic Era

    The impact of Covid- 19 has taken a toll across every sector of the business and market industries. The pandemic has led to the rise of many innovation solutions and alternatives which have improved the way in which businesses operate. The enterprise video communication/video platforms have become an integral part of each organization that needs seamless connections with teams sitting in India or overseas. Thanks to the digital virtual platforms that are now the vital organs of every organization, they keep everyone connected from anywhere across the globe. In order to meet the challenges of everyday delivery deadlines, employees are now working partners with applications like Zoom, Teams, Skype, GoToMeeting, or Webex, collaborating digitally and developing workflow strategies or scenarios. 

    Changes In IT Sector Due to Post-Pandemic Era

    The majority of the organizations have undertaken certain modifications as safety measures to adapt to workstations. After analyzing the present situation, these steps are taken into consideration, based on the requirement of the workforce at the office premises. IT sectors have implemented Hybrid working model and Remote work strategies:

    ● Hybrid Working Model

    It’s about working three days from the office and two days from home, ensuring having 50% presence in the office in each team.

    ● Remote Work Strategies

    Implies for those whose offices are located in other states or countries. In rare cases, it is permitted for dedicated employees who are feeding mothers or traveling from far distances.

    Digitization Is Now Leading IT Sectors

    Ever since work from home is implemented, every employee has adapted to the new working pattern. Hence employee evaluation has become a must to do on a stringent basis to know their contribution and punctuality. Considering the metrics of set goals and target timeline for the delivery of the workforce, plus the availability of employees for virtual meetings or presentations, the concerned official head can monitor and analyze each employee’s performance regularly.

    Organizations are more likely to expect and encourage employees to develop critical skills that potentially open up a broad range of opportunities. Therefore, companies are providing training to the existing employees to assign a dual role, responsibilities to support the organization’s functionality, rather than to hire a workforce for each specific role.

    Work-Life Balance & Productivity 

    As businesses prepare for life after the pandemic, they have three primary alternatives for returning to work: summon everyone back to the office or adopting a hybrid approach, or giving more completely remote possibilities. Businesses will need to preserve flexibility in changing the future of work as the dangers posed by COVID-19 are still looming large.

    The said balance can be achieved when technology plays a crucial role as a few businesses choose a hybrid strategy. As a result, businesses must provide digital tools to enable smooth employee-to-employee and customer-to-customer interactions in a variety of scenarios & settings.

    Employee health and safety concerns are also significant, as workers would anticipate that new safeguards have indeed been put in place to protect their well-being when offices reopen.

    Businesses didn’t know what to expect or how long the new Coronavirus would affect the work when it initially emerged. There was a frantic rush to get workers ready to work from home, with the idea that things would get back to “normal” in a few weeks or months. Work-from-home limitations have been in place for more than eight months, and while the World learns new ways of doing things and deal with the danger of COVID-19, companies may be considering returning to the office.

    Employer and Employee Relation

    Employers are becoming more mindful of their employees’ rising demands in terms of work-life balance. Companies are now thinking seriously about how to establish a work-life balance, putting in place focused measures to meet the objective. Employees should not just be more productive but also happier and more balanced.

    Organizations are also focusing on building a foundation of trust. The hybrid model has appeared in a variety of forms. Some businesses limit employee presence to a set percentage, while others use a rotational approach.

    Whatever policy organizations are experimenting with, the fact remains that employees will have to return to the workplace at some point. The transition to a new way of working in 2020 happened almost instantly, leaving most individuals with little time to prepare. Returning to work in 2021 will be less disruptive, and employees and organizations will gradually adapt to the shift.

    Offices have adopted various measures like:

    ● Thermal screening at all entry points

    ● Mandatory masks with thorough sanitization

    ● Foot pedals have replaced door handles 

    ● New office layouts as all companies have redesigned offices

    ● Organizations have de-densified the floor space by separating workspaces.

    ● Meals for all employees

    In the increasingly hybrid work environment, managers face a new issue. With their teams now split between remote workers and coworkers in the office, a new inclination to discriminate could arise.

    Meetings and workflows can be conducted electronically, but leaders must avoid giving undue advantage to team members who are physically present at the workplace.

    Thus, the remote leadership and empathetic skills assessed in 2020 will again be re-evaluated in this hybrid model. It will fight the innate bias against remote employees that are “out of sight, out of mind.” Managers must create inclusive workflows and reporting systems with caution.

    Conclusion

    Significant changes can be expected once the lockdowns & restrictions go off. The architecture of workplace spaces may evolve to provide physical separation and easy disinfection processes, or even a shift in the number of personnel present on-site versus the ones working from home. Selecting the proper disinfection process of the work-floors is critical, as complex electronic systems/gadgets ( Desktops, Laptops, Tabs, Hubs & Routers, Servers ) are sensitive to chemicals & vapors. The IT industry laid the ground for this transformation, and we must stay on top of the subtleties to keep the COVID-19 curve flat.

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