Maintaining a People-Centered Culture in the New Digital Workplace – Occupational Health and Safety

Maintain a people-centered culture in the new digital workplace

Technology Takes Over During COVID-19; it can be very useful but also very difficult to get the job done.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upset the status quo for most businesses. Certainly, some have been less affected than others, but it is difficult to name one who has not adopted new procedures or modes of operation in the past year due to the disease. As vaccines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are now more widely available, today’s ‘new normal’ is unlikely to change much, and some disruption organizations face because of the virus will persist. .

For many businesses, this includes remote or hybrid working arrangements for employees. Along with this new work arrangement comes an increased use and reliance on digital tools to accomplish many day-to-day tasks. Both of these trends can have significant implications for sustaining a high-performing, safety-focused workforce culture if careful consideration is not given to their impact on the employees who are the most valuable asset. valuable of a business.

Teleworkers face many challenges

Hybrid and remote working arrangements are particularly difficult because they force employees to spend much more time away from a physical office and their colleagues, and instead of being tied to computers or participating in video conferences. throughout the working day. Without hallway conversations, chance encounters during the day, and chatter during coffee breaks, it is difficult for workers to feel connected to their immediate team, let alone make meaningful connections across the organization. business.

Recent data shows how much the typical workday has changed to rely much more on remote online interaction since the start of the pandemic. A Microsoft survey compared the work activities of its 30,000 employees worldwide between February 2020 and February 2021. It found that the time employees spent in virtual meetings more than doubled during the period. The volume of emails also sent increased by more than 40 billion and the number of workers collaborating on shared documents online increased by 66%.

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