The WFH boom is a temporary blip

Surprisingly, less than one-third (26%) of respondents expect employees to spend more time working from home in the aftermath of the virus (see Figure 2, below).

Beyond Twitter, Facebook or a clutch of industry outliers, leaders it seems, still want the workforce physically co-located. At the same time, respondents also revealed a greater openness to allowing employees to work from home as a result of the pandemic, with leaders expecting to adjust their HR policies to account for more remote work (43%).

Those at the start of their careers need mentoring and guidance about how to navigate company dynamics – discussions that might not be committed to an email but warrant a quick question with a nearby colleague.

The WFH boom is a temporary blip

Surprisingly, less than one-third (26%) of respondents expect employees to spend more time working from home in the aftermath of the virus (see Figure 2, below).

Beyond Twitter, Facebook or a clutch of industry outliers, leaders it seems, still want the workforce physically co-located. At the same time, respondents also revealed a greater openness to allowing employees to work from home as a result of the pandemic, with leaders expecting to adjust their HR policies to account for more remote work (43%).

Those at the start of their careers need mentoring and guidance about how to navigate company dynamics – discussions that might not be committed to an email but warrant a quick question with a nearby colleague.

What it means

Having employees on-site in the office, factory or shop floor delivers a multitude of benefits that long-term working at home fails to do. People like the camaraderie of working alongside one another, and the conversations around the watercooler provide insights that hours of online meetings fail to do, even in a world of Slack and Microsoft Teams.

Moreover, those at the start of their careers need mentoring and guidance about how to navigate company dynamics – discussions that might not be committed to an email but warrant a quick question with a nearby colleague.

COVID-19 catalyzes modern work

Respondents were asked to rate how strongly they agreed or disagreed with the following statements about the impact of the pandemic. (Percent of respondents who answered “agree” or “strongly agree.”)

We will value and pay essential, frontline workers more

We will need to pay more attention to workforce safety

We will have to redesign the workplace to accommodate safe distancing

The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of new, digital, working practices

Our employees will work more in flexible teams than functional departments

We need to redesign our supply chain to build in greater resilience to shocks

The pandemic will accelerate the destruction of many traditional, non-digital businesses

We will have to introduce new HR policies to adapt to more remote working

Our workforce will spend more working time at home

Source: Cognizant Center for the Future of Work Response base: 2,000 Figure 2

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