The End of the Salaryman Lifestyle
The Salaryman Lifestyle. Gone Forever?
World War 1, many historians say, signified the end of the genteel Victorian and Edwardian eras. It also hurled the world into a new age of industrialisation, mechanisation and the technological revolutions of the later 20th century.
The global COVID pandemic, I believe, will also be seen in a similar light – as a transformational event that ended one era and at the same time ushered in new ways of being and new ways of doing.
Take work for example. Already we are seeing what could be the end of the ‘salaryman lifestyle’ – most recognized internationally by packed commuter trains and long days in the office. With almost two-thirds of domestic companies now encouraging working-from-home practices, it seems highly unlikely the world of work will never go back to what it was.
That simple fact alone will impact our world across many dimensions – the digital transformation of business and the development of new work technologies, public transport and urban planning, the design and value of the corporate office, and more. It will even impact house styles and the construction industry in general. Will there be a need anymore for crowded CBDs stacked with towering buildings and multi-level shopping centres? Or will you even need a permanent 5 day a week workforce?
Challenges in the Post-pandemic Working Environment
And what will it be like working in the new post-pandemic environment? The working-from-home lifestyle may not be the ideal everyone hoped it would be. Already resentment about being connected to work 24/7 and zoom fatigue are big issues for many. Plus significant numbers of people who stated at the outset that not having to commute to work was the biggest pandemic-positive of all are now doing daily faux-commutes; just to inject some sense of normality and routine into their everyday lifestyle.
Coping with fundamental change, battling isolation, loneliness and disconnection as well as mental health and wellbeing overall are important post-pandemic issues for us all.
In a very real sense, the nature of work in a post-pandemic world represents a fundamental business issue, and organisations that have in place a vision and a strategy to meet the challenges about to confront us are the ones most likely to thrive.
Different Work Models: Why the Hybrid Model is the Future!
Every threat brings opportunity. So if you’re a business owner or manager you may need to take a little time out right now to analyse in-depth how your business works and then look at how it might work best in the future. Basically, there are 3 models available:
In Office: A preference for some. In addition some jobs are on-site by their very nature, of course. For example a barista.
Fully Remote: Allows employees their choice of location.
Hybrid: A certain number of hours required on-site and the rest can be worked from wherever.
Even though some people are already lining up – cautiously – to get back to the office, it seems likely that the hybrid model will be the dominant way of work in the future
The beauty of this model is that it’s not one size fits all. You can build the right hybrid that works for you and your company and/or team. It can also vary from team to team.
But the challenge is to put in place the policies, programs and technologies to support your preferred model to ensure optimum efficiency and output.
Welcome to the future!
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