The post-Corona time will be marked by many changes– especially in our work environments. Our Managing Director, Marie, once puts forward her thoughts on these changes:

  • A further global rise of remote work
  • The normalization of remote recruiting
  • The job market will become truly globalized

THE CONTINUED RISE OF REMOTE WORK 

For example, the 2020 Global Remote Work Report from GitLab, carried out between January and February 2020, already indicates clearly: the future of work is remote and remote work will become an ultimate hiring advantage. However, the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown enforced throughout the world have accelerated tremendously this forecasted development. It seems that our wishful thinking has already become reality:

We believe, based on historical trends, that those who were working remotely before the pandemic, will increase their frequency after they are allowed to return to their offices. For those who were new to remote work until the pandemic, we believe there will be a significant upswing in their adoption. Our best estimate is that we will see 25-30% of the workforce working at home on a multiple-days-a-week basis by the end of 2021, says Kate Lister, President of Global Workplace Analytics.

The demand for flexibility in where and how people work has been building for decades. Before the crisis, surveys repeatedly indicated that 80% of employees want to work from home at least some of the time. Over a third would take a pay cut in exchange for the option to work remotely. While the experience of working at home during the crisis may not have been ideal as whole families sheltered in place, it will give people a taste of what could be. The genie is out of the bottle and it’s not likely to go back in.

REMOTE RECRUITING WILL BECOME NORMALIZED

Throughout the lockdown and still today to some extent, HR teams were pushed to exercise virtual recruiting and on-boarding while working from home themselves. The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly changed how every organization is attracting, recruiting, and retaining employees on their virtual teams, making remote work the new normal standard. Of course, the rise of the Internet and social media channels have also contributed and had a significant impact on the methods that organizations use to find new employees. Companies are turning to e-recruiting because it has many advantages like saving costs during the recruiting process, and increasing efficiency and convenience because of e-recruiting tools.

THE JOB MARKET WILL BECOME TRULY GLOBALIZED 

Where in the past employers had a smaller scope of candidates from which to hire, virtual recruiting has expanded the playing field, allowing for applicants from all over the world to seek opportunities outside of their current geographic zone. In addition, the trend of working remote has opened another opportunity: you can work from everywhere for your new employer, and companies can hire employees from around the world. Consequently, these companies will have an unlimited talent pool from which to choose. The result will be truly global competition for every single new position!

This pandemic has created a new normality that is both challenging and revealing, says Marie. We learn more every day and are excited about these developments in HR.