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Workforce of the future

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in plenty of lessons learned, and plenty of indications that the post-Covid world won’t be a carbon copy of the pre-Covid one. The way we work is one of the areas that stands to see a substantial transformation.

Has the pandemic ignited new trends? Or simply sped up those that were already emerging? When it comes to remote working, many would agree that the 9 to 5 has been feeling stale for some time, and the current pattern was being questioned – and disrupted – before lockdown sent us all to work from home.

Attitudes have changed

The attitudes towards remote working are shifting rapidly. In Deloitte’s survey of over 500 City workers, over 75% of workers – up from 41% just a few months ago – believe that they will work remotely at least one day a week after lockdown ends.

Another study of workers found that 68% felt they were either more productive or equally productive from home. The benefits, from the lack of a commute to more time with the family, are obvious.

And yet this does not mean we are all destined to work at home from now on. In the long term, working solely from home will probably suit only the most determined of introverts; a blended, flexible working model is much more likely to become the new norm. This means both remote workers and their managers will need to learn new skills, and we are not talking about using technology.

The new skills needed will start with a new mindset. Companies will seek to provide solutions, employment benefits and programmes to help their workforce work in a new way – all while increasing productivity, creativity and commitment. PwC, for instance, has introduced a dedicated Be well, work well ‘habit bank’ to promote healthy everyday behaviours and habits.

When the pandemic started, the future of work was already being discussed in terms of worker wellbeing. Now, looking at whether businesses return to office, remote or blended working, it’s clear that this ‘new normal’ will be simply ‘normal’ before too long.

Read more from this edition of Ahead of the Curve

Table of contents

Feature one:

Practical Futurist Andrew Gril looks at the new normal and how technology can be used to effect lasting change as we return to work.

Feature two:

The challenge for restaurants has rarely been greater; with the rise of app based delivery services and now coronavirus, how can the leisure and hospitality sector adapt to survive?

Feature three:

How is the new normal going to impact on how and where we work. Our real estate team looks at how the new role of the new office is having to change at a rapid pace.

Feature five:

Graphcore are a company to keep an eye on. We spoke to Nigel Toon, CEO of Graphcore – a Bristol  business which brings Brunel spirit to a modern problem.

Feature six:

The housing market has been severely hit by the lockdown with sever restrictions on house viewings. But now things have started to free up, how can the industry future-proof itself?

Feature seven:

The health and social care sector has been at the epicentre of the coronavurus pandemic. Will this solution keep residents safe, whilst managing their need for social interaction?

Feature eight:

Video conferencing has been one of the heroes of lockdown. From social quizzes to board meetings – but people who have experienced a brain injury may find VC challenging…

Feature nine:

The book review – The new long life. Our regular book review feature, this time we look at The New Long Life, a book that looks at the challenges and opportunities of longevity.

Feature ten:

Coronavirus has moved the concept of climate away from the front and centre of many peoples minds, but should we be taking this opportunity build back a greener future?

Feature eleven:

In our regular feature Leading Edge, a selected charity is offered exclusive access to the back page of our magazine, this month it is CESA, the cauda equina syndrome charity.

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