Four Ways to Prepare Your Workplace for 2021
2020 has been the year that multiplied digital interaction. Due to remote workings’ impact, work and life are blended now more than anytime in world history. Companies are adopting hybrid office solutions to fit employee needs, reshaping how civilization has worked in over two centuries.
As if we have pressed the fast-forward button, the world has taken a 180-degree turn in less than ten months. COVID-19 disrupted the future of work – obliging industry leaders to pivot their business strategies while prompting employees to work towards professional growth. So, as we transition into a new decade, here are four ways to prepare your workplace for 2021.
Learn from the past
The pandemic has allowed us to hit the ‘reset’ button. Many organizations have had to downsize, making space for well-rounded and driven professionals eager to make a difference in their industry. This change has given businesses the option to reimagine their workplace, a scenario where human resources and change management has heavily come into play.
Many have undergone career switches, stepped outside of their comfort zones, and adopted new skills by wearing multiple hats. More than ever, it has become essential for employees to work collaboratively, practice patience, and lend a helping hand to those in need. Because of these events, managers must conduct multiple pulse checks to reassess organizational processes to achieve maximum efficiency. Not only will this allow companies to address their current state and learn from weaknesses, but it will also show employees that you care.
Go back to your roots
What was the core reason your company started in the first place? Do its current characteristics line up with your mission statement? Do your employees know the core values by heart, or are they hanging on a wall?
Start the new year by reintroducing why your employees are doing what they’re doing. Reinvent the meaning of company purpose and embed it within your practices. Keep it simple, straightforward, and to the point. Direction fails when confusion remains.
Reimagine work five years from now
Are you going to allow your organization to go back to its old ways? Employees are looking at the new year to start anew, which doesn’t exclude their employers. According to a study by Zety, 37% of job applicants thoroughly screen a company before applying for a job. This means that if your Glassdoor reviews are below the 3.5 ratings, and the brand’s purpose does not align with their values, it’s a hard no.
Today’s modern worker desires a workplace that looks out for its team – one that encompasses flexibility while looking towards best future practices that promote the brand and organizational longevity. Companies of all sizes will need to learn how to pivot towards a flexible working environment, while employees will need to learn how to better adapt to different work styles, whether at home, in the office, or on the go.
Invest in reliable technology
One of the many things that the pandemic has forced us to do is rely heavily on technology. Midway in, businesses realized that they were juggling multiple platforms that hindered remote working, leading them to search for better alternatives.
Today’s businesses have more options than ever before when it comes to building out their technology infrastructures. On the other hand, this vast range of choices means the underlying complexity has become almost impossible to keep up with.
By partnering with Microsoft and Zoom to combine their award-winning UCAAS solution, Smart Choice Communications has continued to provide one communication platform for leading enterprises, allowing users to make the most out of their technology, regardless of their location.
With Smart Choice Communications, you can consolidate your video, chat, and business phone number into one platform with a single bill and 24x7x365 US-based hands-on support and training. A better way to future-proof your business communications in a time of constantly evolving customer demands and shifting workstyles.
Given that you have reflected on the past, went back to your roots, and reimagined your workplace five years from now, the need to invest in an innovative technology solution seems evident – preparing you and your team for a higher rate of success.
As 2020 may have seemed like a merry go round with unexpected hurdles, we now know what to prepare for. Only this time, you won’t be trying to keep up with the world. The world will be trying to keep up with you.
Smart Choice Communications is a technology company based out of New York City with a unique portfolio of solutions including UCAAS, collaboration, software and analytics, dedicated contact centers, security, infrastructure, and managed connectivity. Through its unsurpassed white-glove service and 24x7x365 U.S. based support, it has grown to become one of the largest award-winning PBX/SIP providers in North America.