During these stressful and uncertain times, it can be easy to give into the anxiety.
And while this new normal is difficult to adjust to, there are some ways this pandemic has changed how we work for the better.
Calm in the chaos
It might sound crazy, but here’s how workplaces have actually been benefiting from all the chaos, according to HR expert and author of Evil HR Lady blog, Suzanne Lucas.
1. Remote work is being destigmatized. While a lot of companies have been embracing remote work, many have been resistant. But the coronavirus has forced employers to allow as many employees to work from home as possible. This, undoubtedly, will be eye-opening for many managers. Jobs they didn’t think could be done remotely are being done remotely. When things go back to normal, a lot of companies may change their stance on remote work.
2. Some regulations have relaxed. With many state governments ordering residents to stay at home, certain employment requirements are being waived. For example, new employees don’t need to present I.D. in person – over email or video is fine. Telemedicine has also become a popular alternative to in-person doctor visits – a trend that should continue once things go back to normal.
3. Companies are being more flexible. Things are the opposite of “business as usual” right now, and employers are adjusting. They’re offering employees more slack as they care for their families while working from home. Some are even stepping up and helping out with this global crisis – alcohol producers are making hand sanitizer, and a few manufacturers are now making ventilators.