By Courtney Guthridge, Director, Workthere – West Coast
As a result of Covid-19, the world has taken part in a unique human experiment of working from home full-time. Many of us have learned that we don’t need to be in the office 9-5, Monday through Friday to be productive and we have the technology now more than ever to support this. Of course, the remote working trend was on the rise prior to the pandemic but, it has accelerated drastically and forced companies to reevaluate what the ideal working environment looks like.
This has direct repercussions for the office space sector. In the early days of the pandemic, some predicted that no one would step foot in an office again. On the other hand, there were the fierce defenders that championed the value of collaboration, innovation, culture, and energy that the workplace provided.
All very important components to operating a successful business and the continued need for an office. However, there is a problem that has been overlooked as we discuss this future of the workplace, and that is, without an office, how do we successfully train and develop our future workforce?
While you can provide Zoom training sessions and online webinars, these tools, without a doubt, fall short of the traditional method of on-the-job learning. I can’t imagine my training in the real estate business without having the in-person exposure to how my superiors worked. I was able to listen to every call, attend client meetings, and have impromptu discussions to really absorb how the business worked. How do we achieve this same level of assimilation when working remotely?
The continued development of the workforce is vital for companies to achieve its goals, innovate, and progress. This personal growth is challenging without interaction and visibility into how other people in your organization work.
As we reimagine the future of the workplace, we`ll need to be thoughtful about satisfying our need to collaborate and learn from others. The current situation provides an incredible opportunity to create a hybrid working environment that balances this human engagement with a flexible remote working scenario. A strategy that can be mutually beneficial to both the employer and employee.