This article was authored by Alain Dehaze, CEO of The Adecco Group.
As the world comes to terms with the economic impact of COVID-19 and the immediate transformation of the way we used to work, we are beginning to see emerging trends that will likely have a lasting impact on all of us. From the gradual shift away from globalization and open trade, the deepening economic and social inequalities, to the acceleration of automation in our workplaces – these past few months have highlighted the underlying shifts that will define the way we work in the coming years.
But while these difficult times may have given the impression that the best course of action is for countries, businesses, and individuals to isolate and lock themselves away from the rest of the world, it is important to address any challenges ahead through more, not less collaboration.
Only when we work together can we tackle many of the big challenges in the post-COVID-19 world:
- How do we create a hybrid and flexible way of working?
- How do we embrace Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the workplace?
- How do we forge a new Social Contract to encapsulate the necessary change?
At the FU.SE 2020 Digital Conference this week, I stressed the importance of collaboration in these three areas:
Collaboration between employers and employees: Building a more flexible workplace
What we know for sure is that the future of work will be flexible. A hybrid model of remote and office work, with the overall split of 50/50, will become the norm. From our research we know that about three-quarters (77%) of employees want more flexibility at work in the post-COVID-19 era. They want to focus on the results they deliver, not necessarily the time they spend at their desks and in their offices.
At the same time, more than two-thirds (69%) of workers, and 76% of executives want work contracts to be based on business needs. Unsurprisingly, we find that these new expectations have also been reflected in the political discourse all across the globe – from New Zealand to Finland – as historic workplace norms are being put to the test.