The “New Normal:” Position Yourself for Success in a Post-Pandemic, Virtual Workforce

August 7, 2020

Kim Roberts, Talent Acquisition Partner


Social Distancing.  Self-quarantine.  The “new normal.”  Chances are, we have heard these phrases over and over, and they have now become part of our everyday vocabulary.  Many of us are eager to return to some sense of pre-pandemic ‘normalcy.’  The pandemic has affected all of us in one way or another, including the way we work.  With telework becoming the norm for many of us over the past several months, we’ve had to adjust given the current environment.  Will we ever see a full return to the pre-pandemic workforce?  The future is unclear, but regardless of whether you prefer to work remotely or in a more traditional office setting, it is crucial to set yourself up for success in a virtual world.

Why Wouldn’t I Want to Work from Home?!

Undoubtedly there are clear benefits to working remotely, as you have inevitably discovered if you have engaged in telework for any part of your career.   It is easy to see why many employees may be reluctant to return to a more traditional office setting in a post-pandemic world, with benefits such as:

So, What’s the Catch?

As in any scenario where there are benefits, there are also costs.  Working from home offers many perks for employees and employers alike, but there are also drawbacks.  Whether the past few months have been your first introduction to remote work or you have been successfully teleworking for years, it is important to think about and execute your own solutions to the disadvantages:  

What Does This Mean for Me?

Whether you plan to work remotely for just the next few months or for the long-term, it is crucial to position yourself for success in the transition into a largely virtual workforce.  To ensure utmost productivity and success while working from home, there a variety of strategies that can help.

Moving Forward

The current environment has impacted the way we live and work in drastic ways – and for many of us working remote will be our “new normal” for the foreseeable future.  While we will surely get through these challenging times, it is important to understand the long-term changes that may take effect.  Whether you are a job seeker or an employee still adjusting to a new virtual work environment, it is critical to position yourself for success.   We would love to hear of any additional tips that have helped you adjust to the new “normal!”

 


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