Has the world of work changed since COVID-19?
In March when everyone who was able to started working from home and colleagues chatted on zoom and set up offices in bedrooms and kitchens, six months on how many have returned to the daily commute and office life?
It has certainly become apparent that whereas some aspects of life will return to normal some parts especially in the world of work will become a new normal.
Remote working has gripped the nation and companies have been surprised at the productivity levels that home working has seen.
Whilst some may enjoy the commute from kitchen to home office, others may generally miss the train or car journey, the peaceful coffee and peruse of the paper and face to face interaction with colleagues.
So the key to a new normal is flexibility. The flexibility to choose a split working week for example and a better home life balance.
In my line of work I thrive on the flexibility to work when and where I want. Being productive on a Monday evening if during the day things are a bit slow for example. Productivity should be based on work produced not hours at a desk and a last to leave culture.
A workplace should have a permanent workforce of core staff but now is the time to assess the work that may occur in peaks and troughs and the best way to manage that.
A virtual assistant can take on the peaks and troughs in administration and project management and work on this remotely for a company. The use of a virtual assistant is on the increase post COVID-19 due to the challenging economic situations workplaces are finding themselves in and shrinking staff budgets.
Virtual assistants are an agile business model proven to withstand turbulent times.
We are already used to working remotely and most are even experienced in working productively with children about!
Now really is the time as the working world is evolving and changing to think about virtual assistance in your business.