Which work changes brought about by COVID-19 will remain?

Fewer interactions, flexible leadership and focus on training expected to stay

Which work changes brought about by COVID-19 will remain?

When employers return to pre-pandemic operations, how many of the HR-related changes will remain?

More than eight in 10 (83 per cent) hiring decision-makers expect that many changes to human resources management brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic will be lasting, according to a survey by Express Employment Professionals.

Roughly three in 10 foresee fewer employee interactions in physical workplace (34 per cent), leadership being more flexible in accommodating employees' schedules and needs (32 per cent) and a greater focus on training for current employees to be reskilled or upskilled (29 per cent).

Many workers working from home have improved their skills while doing so during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent report.

Nearly one in four (23 per cent) say there will be a need to continually train employees on new technology updates, finds the survey of 505 respondents in March and April 2021.

“Businesses have been making up for lost time and are pushing hard to capitalize on opportunities. The landscape has changed, and they have found new ways to be more productive,” says Shane DeCoste, local Express franchise owner in Halifax. 

Nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of employers plan to keep offering employees the ability to work remotely, even once it is safe to return to the office, according to a previous report.

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