COVID-19 and the resultant pandemic accelerated the trends and realities of remote working in different sectors and industries of the global economy. According to McKinsey, up to 25% more workers have had to switch jobs to take advantage of safer working conditions in the wake of the pandemic. This figure disproportionately affects women, especially women of colour. In spite of this, there is an increased possibility for excellence in the workplace in this new normal.
Increased opportunity for career advancement
As more organizations become more favourable to the option of remote work, more people will enjoy flexible work hours, and this will lead to the possibility of increased productivity. Companies will be more favourable to rewarding productive employees as an incentive to increase organizational growth. With increased productivity comes a levelled and equitable opportunity for equal advancement and promotion without gender limitations. This means that the previous limitations of strict office hours will be less likely to hinder career advancement.
Increased opportunity for career mobility
According to Fast Company, remote work can help expand a company’s available talent pool to those living anywhere on Earth with internet connectivity. This means that there will be increasing opportunities for this talent pool to pivot to new career paths and explore new career possibilities. Companies explore new opportunities to hire new talent and scale their operations. You need to refer to your career plans in the face of new opportunities, and not get carried away by the excitement of these possibilities.
Increased value of work
With the pandemic came the realization of the importance of the job of essential workers, from nurses to nannies. This increased awareness of the value of everyone’s work will create an opportunity for negotiating better pay for our work. Knowing this, we must become more aware of the value we bring to the company, the economic value of that work, and the need for improving our skills so that we are irreplaceable.
Ebere Akadiri is an accomplished entrepreneur and an advocate for women in leadership. Her passion to inspire others to achieve their goals drove her to found Rise and Lead Women along with her co-founder, Poonam Barua. Their mission is to inspire women to take the lead in closing the gender gap in workplaces and in business.