2020 just passed in a blink of an eye. With companies and businesses forced to shift daily operations into a different gear, towards a new work approach, many are still grappling and adapting to the changes taking effect. As much as we want, or think that the current situation will get any better, it may be a while till we can all go back to running businesses and work operations, like pre-pandemic times.
Last year taught organizations countless lessons, spurring many employers to rise above challenges by taking positive actions. With a major disruption to traditional workplaces, many measures are being implemented by companies worldwide.
Here are some pointers to help you brace yourself for the future of workplaces:
When the government first announced the Movement Control Order (MCO) back in March, many organizations were left stranded, with no backup plans whatsoever, as no one predicted an unprecedented year as the last. As months passed, employers now are open to the possibilities of employees working remotely, but productively. Many businesses around the world are gearing for long-term, sourcing alternative ways to structure work communication and hours, as well as physical presence. Working remotely allows professionals to work outside of a traditional office environment, most probably from their own homes, not having to commute to work every day. Thus, one must be prepared to face the challenges that comes with working from home, not having physical communication and clear direction.
With working remotely, comes the shift to digitalization, or more likely termed ‘digital transformation’. If before, employers may not have envisioned going down this path, the year 2020 left them with no choice. Employers have started understanding employees, enabling them with technology, connectivity, and physical space options to work their best, where, and how it suits them. ‘Sink or swim’, or in other words ‘succumb or succeed’, which applies to both employer and employee. As companies move towards this direction, you are expected to adapt, or risk being left behind.
Upskill & Reskill/Re-train
With organizations focusing on recovery plans to sustain, one may expect trainings plus learning and development measures to take a backseat. You may have got that wrong. Take this opportunity to upskill/reskill for personal growth and development, which may position you for career advancement, or prepare you for employability.
Now, if you are looking to equip yourself for the digital economy, BAC Education Group’s Project DEEP is offering a wide range of upskilling and reskilling online courses through its nation building initiative. In partnership with Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) and Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (PERKESO), these courses are offered FREE to employers and employees.
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