The Future of Work: The Impact of COVID-19 On Our Workplaces

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Regardless of your views on whether states are opening too soon, it’s a fact that some states are relaxing stay at home restrictions. As a result, organizations have to think about their post COVID-19 plans including when they will reopen to the public, how they will do business, and what this means for their employees. 

The Workforce Institute at Kronos has been spending a lot of time talking about the future of work (even before COVID-19 was part of the picture). I found a few articles that you might find interesting on the subject. While these were written pre-COVID, it’s interesting to me that when it comes to talent, organizations will be facing many of the same challenges.

Are You Prepared for the Future of Work?

Of course, it is still essential to have the “hard skills” to be successful. However, the need for soft skills has not changed and is expected to only increase in demand. Communications skills show up on nearly every list of research related to “soft skills needed for the workplace”, along with being a team player, flexibility, problem solving, creative thinking, and the ability to accept feedback. 

4-Day Work Week for All?

Last year, Kronos published global research regarding workers’ attitudes toward their jobs. One of the questions asked was about how employees spent their time at work. 78% of respondents said they could do their job in fewer than 7 hours per day if they could work uninterrupted. And if pay remained constant, 34% said their ideal work week would be a 4-day work week while only 25% would stick with their current 5-day week.

Where Do Humans Fit in an AI World?

The adoption rate for artificial intelligence (AI) at work continues to increase as there is both general awareness of it, applications for it and real success stories. We found that HR leaders were using AI the most and were more likely to have positive feelings about it. In addition, 18% more workers are using some form of AI in the workplace and their sentiment has evolved from anxiety to optimism and excitement.  Read more here…

Source: hr bartender

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