Business leaders may strive to create more distributed, virtual, and diverse work environments than ever before, trying to cater to changing employee needs in the post-Covid era that brought trends like Great Resignation and Quiet Quitting.
The demographic shift in the workplace with younger generations entering the workforce and middle generations moving up to senior positions will usher in new values promoting increased diversity and the understanding of individual differences expectations and work flexibility.
At the same time, more and more employers will introduce various technological solutions, like employee monitoring software to track how employees spend their time at work. This said most managers will need to reach a fine balance between offering flexible work conditions and holding their remote and office-based workers accountable for their results.
While these changes won’t happen overnight, it’s expected the workplace to be significantly different from the one most employee left in 2020. Here’s how the workplace may change in the year 2023.
Remote and Hybrid Work Will Become the Standard
While some might think that remote and hybrid work arrangements will remain a relic of the Covid-19 era once things get back to normal, these work models will become standard due to the significant employee demand for increased work flexibility.
Various surveys by McKinsey have shown that 58% of Americans had the opportunity to work from home at least one day a week, while 38% didn’t have to come to the office at all. More importantly, employees state that the freedom to choose where they work makes them more productive and satisfied.
On the other hand, the risk of devastating cybercrimes soars in remote work environments when employers can’t rely on proven office-based cybersecurity practices. If you want to provide safe virtual work environments and protect your sensitive information, you need to use robust cybersecurity systems and create detailed protocols.
Workplace Monitoring May Become Common Practice
When running remote teams with employees on different sides of the world, you need to think of an efficient system for tracking their performance to make sure they spend their work hours productively. For this reason, the employee tracking software market is booming.
Besides identifying underperformers in your team, you can use these track records to ensure your employees take much-needed breaks and aren’t working long hours. Overworking and burnout can harm employee well-being and productivity alike. By analyzing employee track records and their work habits, you can help them take better care of themselves, and become more time-efficient and productive.
However, this increased demand for various employee monitoring tools and devices raised numerous concerns regarding human rights breaches and intrusion of privacy. Various unions worldwide demand that legislators create clear and strict employee monitoring regulations before the unethical use of workplace monitoring tools spirals out of control.
Shortly put, employee monitoring software can help you boost your team’s productivity and performance only if you use it transparently and ethically, focusing on the quality of employees’ outcomes work rather than quantity.
The Symbiotic Relationship Between Collaborative Tools and Metaverse
The Metaverse will impact the way teams work whether remotely or in the offices, creating highly immersive, and interactive workplaces. Several metaverse working platforms, starting with Horizon Workroom – part of Meta’s Horizon platform. This said various platforms starting with Meta’s Horizon Workroom strive to offer their employees a metaverse-like experience and alleviate cross-team collaboration. For example, Microsoft’s Mesh platform adds avatars to Microsoft Teams to try and recreate the experience of in-person interactions during video conferencing.
At the same time Zoom, which has become a synonym for virtual communication during the pandemic, keeps up the pace by rolling out features like meeting rooms and whiteboards to increase functionality and provide a metaverse-like collaboration experience.
The fact is that some metaverse features, like avatars and multi-purpose environments, have entered the workplace. And it seems that they will play a significant role in determining the way work is done.
More Businesses Can Turn to the 4-Day Workweek
Many European countries, like England, Belgium, and Iceland have conducted a 4-day workweek trial and witnessed numerous positive effects. For this reason, similar projects can be expected in the US, Canada, and New Zealand in 2023.
Workers participating in these trials are expected to handle the same workload as they did during the standard work week and be paid the same. Managers succeeded in maintaining the same productivity within shorter work hours by limiting distractions and spending less time in obsolete meetings. These experiments allow for increased work flexibility focusing on their well-being and boosting their work satisfaction and engagement.
Even though it’s not expected that a shorter work-week becomes a standard business practice in 2023, positive impressions from business leaders and employees alike may motivate numerous employers to implement this trend in their companies, and asses the results, offering more flexible work arrangements in the future.