The flexibility of working due to pandemics has changed the workplace in the future. Starting from March 2020 when the countries in the world need to follow the lockdown system to tackle COVID-19 spread, the workplaces need to adapt to the new changes to ensure everyone remains safe.
To replace the office working, various online platforms are used to make sure the activities keep running. Soon, in-person meetings have been substituted with video conferencing as well as file sharing for important information distribution.
Flexibility in Workplace in the Future
A rushed transition from a pandemic to a new norm has made companies throughout Southeast Asia find the right strategies so that they keep operating while waiting for the condition to get better. Then, the idea of work from home or WFH come up due to lockdown that went on to reduce the spread of the virus.
This work from home concept still undergoing now as a number of regions in Southeast Asia still is facing a hard time with COVID-19. This working concept is the right option to be taken as it comes with flexibility and is called a hybrid work model.
The flexibility offered by this workplace allows employees to work both in the office and remotely. Interestingly, YCP Solidiance as one of the big companies in Southeast Asia adapts to this change not only physically but also mindfully.
This company accentuates that hybrid work is also a shift in working mindset. So, rather than evaluating the employees’ hours of works, it considers the output instead of the process.
Independency of Employees
The flexibility of work that currently applies also affects the nature of employees working. The flexible working environment allows more independence among staff. Giving staffs independence is also required when they doing work.
As staffs are more independent in doing the works, it gives more positive impacts rather than negative ones in the long term. Generally, businesses that promote independence among their staff will develop better as it becomes one of the great characteristics that a company or organization needs to have.
Family-Like Working Atmosphere
As many companies currently embrace the hybrid work to keep protect the family and loved ones from the virus outbreak. To deal with this new working culture that currently occurs across Southeast Asia regions, the companies highlight family ties as well as strong camaraderie to be the main point.
The staff of Southeast Asia companies like the camaraderie happens with colleagues in the office. It is because they commonly have lunch together and share things within their works. However, as the remote work is now going on, staffs miss the family-like working atmosphere.
It also becomes one of the factors that make people want to get back working in the office. Although staff misses this friendly atmosphere, they are also cautious to go back in since they might have contact with the virus, then infect their family.
The hybrid work tries to promote balance through a collaborative atmosphere which includes protecting loved ones as the priority.
The hybrid model as a workplace of the future helps to empower and encourage the employee to take more responsibility.