Vaccinations are underway. Businesses are opening up again. Some cities and travel destinations are hosting concerts and fairs this summer. Whoo hoo! Are you as excited as I am to get out and experience something other than your neighbourhood???
It’s been a long 15 months. We’re nearly there.
Which means your employer is already planning for what the post-pandemic workplace will look like. Which means you have some decisions to make that impact your long-term career.
Many employers are exploring something called a hybrid workplace. It’s a blend of remote and on-site work that will offer different options for how we work together in the future. There are many versions of what hybrid will look like, but a component of them is the option to work-from-home, full-time or part-time (what’s on offer will vary by employer).
It begs the question:
The wider acceptance of working-from-home opens up your employment and career options; you can literally work for any office-based organization, regardless of location, without having to move. Remote work and distributed teams are here to stay. As exciting as that prospect is, you still have to understand, and then advocate, for what will set you up for career success.
Hopefully your organization is creating opportunities to consult with employees so there is input into what the future of your workplace looks like. Being part of this process (whether that’s reading the e-mails that come through or volunteering to be part of a committee or focus group) provides insight into what your employer is planning and how they see it supporting both employees and the business moving forward. You can then decide if it works for you in your career.
Here are seven career considerations when making the decision on how you want to work post-pandemic:
Whatever is on offer from your employer after the pandemic, make sure it works for your career, both now and in the future. If it doesn’t, it could make the difference between having your dream career, or working in a nightmare.