How have Workplaces and Recruitment Changed as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Australia, and in particular WA, has done an extraordinary job in managing the spread of the Coronavirus. So now, the question that is playing on everybody’s minds is, what will the long term effects of the pandemic be?
Titan Recruitment approaches this question through the lens of changes in the work place. We must ask, how will workplaces change as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, and will the virus give a new perspective to recruitment officers, in terms of what they are looking for in potential candidates? Should different strengths be prioritised in your CV?
In order to begin to answer these questions, we have looked to a global study recently performed by Bain & Company, an international management consultancy firm.
The team at Titan Recruitment has created a quick summation of the findings of the study, to give you a better picture of the future of the workplace.
How has the typical “office” workplace changed, due to the pandemic?
70% of ‘white collar workers’ are now working from home.
How has working from home effected the experience of their role?
- 25% of workers claim that their productivity has increased
- 33% of workers claim that their productivity had stayed the same
- 42% of workers claim that their productivity had decreased
- 34% of workers claimed that they felt the impact of loneliness
- 26% of workers claimed that their work life balance has worsened
- 16% of workers claimed that they have increased stress from relying on technology more than usual
- 85% of workers reported that they felt supported by their employers
What does working from home look like?
- 43% of workers reported not having a suitable office space to work from in their home
- 19% of workers had to share a working environment with others in the household.
- 53% of workers reported that they had access to an excellent internet connection and high quality computer
Will we continue to work from home post-pandemic?
- 39% of workers reported that they would like to continue working from home for 2-days a week after the pandemic
- 38% of workers reported that they would like to continue working from home for 3-days a week after the pandemic
- A clear majority of workers surveyed, wanted a new work-life balance after the pandemic, which may be achieved through maintaining some of the measures implemented during this period.
How will this effect what recruitment officers are looking for?
With the future so uncertain, there is no ‘one size fits all approach’ for all workplaces. However, given this information, it is clear that recruitment officers will now be prioritising strengths such as flexibility, adaptability, strong communication (especially in challenging, unconventional situations or settings), perseverance and problem solving. The ability to approach a complex, perhaps chaotic, situation with a calm, open-minded, positive attitude will be more important than ever before.
Titan Recruitment offers excellent resources to candidates looking to inspire with their CV, and really highlight these much appreciated strengths. Please check out our Candidate Resources page, for more information.