As difficult as 2020 has been, it also presented us with multiple opportunities to learn, improve, and better prepare ourselves for the uncertainties of the future. What are the most important trends we need to look out for and, more importantly, act on?
From developing remote work policies and easing the technology transition for remote workers to devising a robust strategy for employee wellness and productivity, the year had been an extraordinary stretch of time for the workforce at large.
COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of technology adoption across business entities and challenged many preconceived notions about the effectiveness of working from home. Businesses will hence need to use these lessons in future organizational design.
In the organizational ecosystem, this pandemic has had a significant impact on its several stakeholders; and one of the most impacted demographic groups is women. For many working women, it has shaken up their work-life balance and is affecting their physical and mental health, and some are even questioning their long-term career prospects.
The global pandemic outbreak and its aftermath, have certainly warranted a new CXO mindset for looking at the old problems. But before all else, the first and biggest demand made on the stakeholders – is that of empathy.
Throwing light upon the post-pandemic threats to women upliftment, Mohammad Naciri, Regional Director of UN Women for Asia and the Pacific, revealed some startling statistics that highlight the current state, the gap in GDP attributed to women unemployment numbers and suggested how corporates can work towards diluting the gender divide reinforced by the pandemic.