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|Managing the new reality of work
Work is no longer a place, but now place-unconstrained
Manny Mandrusiak CD.
As everyone across the globe is watching the implementation
and lifting of COVID restrictions, it is clear that there is a yearning to “Get
back to normal”. The question that
resonates in my head is “What is the new reality of our workplaces”?
For almost a year and a half workforce has been adapting to
the conditions of working from home, and adopting a better work/life balance. Is there a reason to go back to the typical
9 – 5?
I was recently reading an article about managing the new
reality of work in the Harvard Business Review and the article and one of the
key points that it mentioned was about executives in corporations seeing a
silver lining with the pandemic as it allowed them to make their employees work
lives more purposeful, productive, and flexible.
As companies adopted the technology for virtual work quickly
employees are seeing the light that freelancers and contractors have seen for
years- the ability to when and where they want to work. This enlightenment of the employees has made
it possible for forward-facing companies to rework the traditional working
environment and create one that is designed with the employee and corporation
Of course, this new model presents several challenges for
mid-level managers to adapt to, but the changes open up a new world of
opportunities for North Americans in particular. If this new hybrid model of working is implemented
to create a balanced workflow for employees then the potential for burnout
decreases. If the rate of employee burnout decreases then the social costs of
the company should decrease accordingly as there is no need to onboard new
employees to replace workers on medical leave.
I have always been a big believer in running organizations
on lean principles and keeping corporate overhead low and employee morale
high. If the pandemic has taught us
anything it is that many employees do not need to be physically in the office
to maintain an increased level of productivity.
This means that corporations can downsize their physical
space and reduce operating costs. This
has been a growing trend with many start-up companies moving into coworking
spaces to save money on rent and services.
The coworking space that my company currently calls home has
over 7000 square feet of coworking booths, desks, and modular tables for me to
use. I also have a classroom that I rent
a dedicated space where we conduct our training classes. Internet, heat, lights, and power are all
included in rent, so there is only one fixed expense that is required per
I am also finding that employers are directly offering
remote working opportunities in job listings as a perk for potential
employees. I think that it is worth it
for employers to offer the remote working option as it now opens up the
candidate pool to a broader geographical area.
This means that companies can now select from across the world to
“cherry-pick” the talent that is right for them rather than settles for an
individual who is kind of a fit for the company but in the local area.
I am excited about the new hybrid model of work! I am personally finding that being able to
balance my time between being in the office, and working remotely extremely
refreshing. I can travel to different
locations around town and work outside with different views for
inspiration. I’m feeling more excited
about projects that I am involved with, and I do not feel that “burnout, all
work, and no play” feeling that I did at my more office/cubicle-based roles of
I know that as the pandemic restrictions start to lift, we
are only seeing the type of the iceberg with regards to the new
non-conventional workplace. I’m also excited
to see this new workplace lead to a surge of new digital marketing and
developer roles that inspire constant learning and creativity. From this perspective…the workplace of the
future looks awesome.
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