Tricia Palmer, HR consultant, interim director, leadership and personal coach explores the post-Covid-19 world and what it may look like for a majority of workplaces.

Tricia Palmer, HR consultant, interim director, leadership and personal coach explores the post-Covid-19 world and what it may look like for a majority of workplaces.

Google the title of this article and you will find a dizzying selection of blogs and White Papers about how the continuing pandemic will turn our working lives upside down for ever. From homeworking to mental health, business travel to employee benefits, absence management to digital transformation — the overwhelming consensus is that things will never be the same again, and that like World War II, Covid-19 will come to stand as a monument in time as we talk about events pre- and post-pandemic.

There is no doubt that the virus has had, and will continue to have, huge impact on organisations and employees, but it is interesting to note how many of the widely predicted responses to this unprecedented experience actually feel like continuation of a journey already started, rather than a sharp deviation. Pre-Covid it would have been hard to find an organisation which wasn’t already committed to a course of digital transformation for instance, with increased use of automation and mobile technologies. Similarly, apparently new priorities like workforce wellbeing, sustainable development and inclusive leadership were already firmly on the agenda for many, if not most, large and medium-sized employers.

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