It is fair to say that Covid 19 has impacted all our lives in so many different ways. Many employees have been forced to work at home, whilst our key workers are still going out to work and experiencing working conditions that can only be compared to a terrifying action movie that never ends.
Employers have had to quickly enact new policies and procedures focusing on absence, health and safety, remote working, and business interaction - including travel and external meetings. Conferences have been cancelled and we are no longer able to fly half-way around the world to meet clients.
If companies are still pushing ahead with recruitment, recruitment consultants and employers are doing their best to endorse video interviews and remote induction programmes.
Questions to ponder
Evidence suggests that being able to work remotely enables employees to be more productive, care for their children and avoid stressful commutes, overall improving mental well-being.
Whilst some people react well to working from home, others find it isolating and distracting with perhaps younger children around. They may miss the face to face interaction and are generally much happier in an office environment.
While video calls can be helpful, face to face meetings with customers and colleagues are still valuable, as are overseas meetings with clients which help to build rapport and stronger relationships and gain first-hand understanding of the culture and business needs.
What this experience has taught many employers is that effective home working can be achieved. Employees still work hard and meet deadlines. Relationships with clients are still being maintained and recruitment can continue.
It is certainly interesting to reflect on how these unavoidable changes may well reshape the world of work forever.