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How can businesses become more productive in the wake of the pandemic?

By Mark Nicoll | Jan 13, 2021

 

Businesses need to be hyper-flexible and adapt to the new normal during and after this pandemic, and they are quickly discovering they can adopt leaner processes which will help them when the pandemic is long gone, and please let that be soon! 

Some, like Pinterest, and thousands of others have already pivoted away from the office. Last week alone we spoke to a long list of businesses of all sizes that have made the decision (and not lightly) that they, and their staff will be permanently working from home, some dispersed across continents.

Businesses have discovered that they can be more productive by adopting practices such as employees working partly or wholly from home, which reduces their costs and can increase their output. 

I see the possibility of a new market for company meet-up days in re-purposed but suitable buildings, where everyone converges and company catch-ups are more like speed dating, but probably still socially distanced in some way.

Reducing a company’s floor plate saves considerable outlay on premises and many companies have already started to plan accordingly going forward.

I also see the possibility of the WeWork model (or similar) becoming more popular. Let’s face it, with what we have gone through, and what we’re still going through, having a 25-year FRI lease doesn’t make sound business sense (speaking as someone who has previously clocked up 15 years in the property business).

Work-life balance and wellbeing in the post pandemic world

Last summer I was waiting outside Warner Brothers in Soho to attend a media event, as I sat with my glass of dry sherry watching the hustle and fascinating bustle of London life. I overheard three well but casually dressed guys chatting about how they conduct their working week.

They all had memberships to different London clubs, spending a day in each; all three lived outside London so the membership rates were half price.

One struck up a conversation, and we discussed the merits of having a work-life balance, not being chained to the same boring (and expensive) office, and the fact that life is more fun when it’s flexible and on the move.

When you add employee wellbeing into this mix in the current and what looks like future working environment, having an agile approach is key to making a successful, permanent shift to a fully or blended remote workforce. Forming a new wellbeing culture will be king, and top-down buy-in essential.

The successful companies will be the ones that adapt and embrace new ways of delivering a complete digital wellbeing programme, one that you can deliver, manage and measure all in one platform. [Hey that’s what we offer - what a coincidence!]

Gone are the days of subsidised gym memberships and in-office interventional types of wellbeing delivery.

Long gone. 

 

Mark Nicoll

Mark Nicoll

I am a co-founder of Keep Fit Eat Fit and have a passion for visual communications as well as health, fitness and overall wellbeing. Having worked for lots of companies as well as myself, I know how important maintaining personal wellbeing is, and have a few pet subjects I will be writing about within our website.