Recommended May Reads: What Is the Future of Work?

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As organizations start to return to a sense of normalcy, employees everywhere patiently await the answer to this somewhat broad question: what is the future of work? While there are speculations of workplace trends and recommendations on how to adapt, does anyone really know for certain how our jobs will be impacted?

This is something I’ve been curious about since the first day BlackLine sent us all home back in March—with monitors, keyboards, and whatever we could carry in hand. And if there’s one thing we can agree on in the midst of all this uncertainty, it’s that we can’t go back to the way we used to operate, pre-COVID-19.

Along my journey to better understand what the future of work might look like, I came across three different articles that outline potential changes, share advice, and present opportunities for the post-COVID-19 workplace.

Forbes’ Take on How COVID-19 Will Change the Future of Work

With 62% of employed Americans working from home due to the pandemic, it’s inevitable that the workplace will look very different when organizations start to open up.

Zack Friedman, the author of this article, outlines how COVID-19 will bring specific changes to the workplace—some temporary, and others not so much—that we should be ready for. These include fewer in-person meetings and (even more) Zoom calls, and acknowledging that happiness at work matters.

After becoming fully remote employees overnight, we’ve all experienced the reality that workplace stress and anxiety can so easily carry into our personal lives, now that our home is our office as well. This is causing many of us to take a closer look at what makes us happy at work, and what doesn’t.

Read the full article on Forbes.com.

9 Trends Impacting the Future of Work

As Gartner acknowledges in this article, determining how the workplace will be reconfigured is a daunting task. Based on extensive analyses, Gartner is offering their advice on how employers should react to accelerating trends and pendulum swings resulting from COVID-19.

For example, an increase in remote work is inevitable, so Gartner recommends that hiring managers prioritize digital dexterity and digital collaboration skills when assessing candidates. Among others, organizations should shift from designing for efficiency to designing for resilience.

Read the full article on IndustryWeek.com.

Deloitte on Embracing Purpose, Potential, Perspective & Possibility

With a metamorphic crisis comes endless possibilities. Returning to work is daunting, yes, but it can also be exciting, and turn an intimidating task into positive change.

In this article, Deloitte uncovers several possibilities we must embrace when returning to work. Being replaced by robots and automation technology was once a significant concern for organizations, but COVID-19 learnings state that humans are an integral part of technological advances, and we can embrace this.

Read the full article on Deloitte.com.

How Will You Prepare?

It’s important to note that, while these articles speak to changes across all industries, Accounting and Finance will feel the impact of this unprecedented pandemic.

The Industry Week article I talked about above states that 74% of CFOs intend to increase remote work at their organization after the outbreak.

So, how will you prepare for the changes coming to the future of work?

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