It may sound attractive, but in real terms working from home is pretty challenging. With shelter-in place, curfews or other restrictions in place due to the pandemic, employers across the world are adapting protocols for remote working. We need to keep our economies moving and to do this teleworking is a priority for all.
As the pandemic is shaking our global economy and is also disrupting the way we all live, work and conduct our business, many rapid changes are taking place. Trends which had started a few years ago such as telecommuting, telemedicine, online shopping, home delivery services etc are also expanding and increasing very rapidly. Even in business, possessing the ability to team up and collaborate effectively while being far apart, is very vital for success.
The world is changing and with it the need to be flexible and adaptable is also increasing. The current crisis we are facing may have long term repercussions, in terms of our jobs, way of life etc. We need to prepare ourselves for these changes. Some of the key skills and abilities which may help us at such a juncture are our transferable skills, which we can use to be successful in many different areas of our lives, socially as well as professionally.
The world is changing rapidly and new technology and automation is constantly altering job requirements. Due to these factors it is essential that employees stay in a learning mode and update their skills to meet current requirements. Many of us disregard the development of our important soft skills when the necessity for focusing on hard skills is more urgent. We need to realize that our ongoing career success depends on a balanced mixture of the two.
Can being too complacent derail your career ? Think about it.
We all like to feel happy in our current jobs, wanting to come to work every morning, satisfied at work, thinking ourselves to be indispensable and apart from these we like to feel at ease with our boss, our colleagues and to enjoy ourselves if the company culture is conducive to doing so. So you may think that if you truly enjoy your work why you would even contemplate a change.
Do the true assets of an organization, its employees, need to undergo development activities to help them grow and develop ?
We need to remember that employees are striving continuously to achieve the organizations objectives and they have their expectations in return. It could be in the shape of increments, bonuses or monetary rewards but research has shown that recognition, appreciation and acknowledgement of contribution work better in motivating them. Further there is nothing more satisfying than acquiring skills that equip one better for the current job as well as future growth.
Times have changed and for most people the thought of a career for life is no longer an option. In fact Generation Y or Millenniums are known to be incredibly sophisticated as they are growing up in an age of rapid change technology wise. They have seen it all and been exposed to it all since early childhood as computers and internet has been with them since they opened their eyes in this world.
Such employees will hold a job as long as it satisfies their needs and will not hesitate to move for better opportunities to different employers and also across various business sectors throughout the first half of their careers at least.