Communication plays a vital role in any relationship to maintain harmony. This holds especially true in the workplace. Amid everything happening around, leaders should ensure that everyone is on the same page. With proper workplace communication, employees are informed and engaged, and organizations can achieve their goals.
American actor and producer Kevin Spacey said, “Anyone with an internet connection and an idea can develop an audience.” What he said cannot be more accurate. Statistics show that as of January 2021, there were 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide. That accounts for 59.5% of the global population.
Because of the power of the internet and how it made everyone connect easily, organizations have leveraged online presence to boost their brand awareness, sales, and marketing. It is a practical yet effective strategy- traditional marketing generates 50% fewer interactions with customers than digital marketing. This is why companies allocate more budget for digital marketing.
Flexibility is the way to go nowadays. Many people like to have flexible work for them to be able to manage their own time. With this, you get to be your own boss while earning money and have more time for yourself, your family, and your other interests. These benefits are one of the reasons why the gig economy has flourished.
When the pandemic took us by storm, this also became an avenue for more to join the gig economy. Some people preferred to do freelance work instead of their full-time job, requiring them to be present onsite. Others needed to have more income sources, which is why they explored the world of gig workers.
Last year, the pandemic disrupted our way of working. Organizations were required to shift to a work-from-home setup due to the lockdowns of different areas and strict safety protocols. But as the lockdowns have declined and more people are getting vaccinated, some employees have returned onsite. However, the work-from-home setup will continue to be offered to some, thus the birth of hybrid meetings.
COVID-19 has taken all of us off guard. The shock of the coronavirus pandemic has made planning for the future extremely difficult because of all the uncertainties. This is particularly true especially for major decisions like a career move.
When the economy and job market are stable, it is easy to explore and assume that the grass is greener on the other side. But with the pandemic, you will think that still having a job is a blessing as you see the unemployment rate rising and several companies closing. However, even in this situation, staying put may not be necessarily the best possible strategy. If you work in a sector that has been badly impacted and may take some time to recover, this is a good time to think of making a change. Many companies are hiring right now, so there are good opportunities out there.
Excited. Relieved. Thankful. These are the initial reactions of some after hearing that they will be shifting to a work-from-home setup. Many organizations resorted to a work-from-home set- up last year because of the pandemic. And who would not like this set- up? Work-from-home means no travel time going to the office, no pressure on dressing up to impress, no loud co-worker, and other office distractions. However, after doing this for a long time, the excitement fades away. Staying productive is challenging, you miss the human interaction, long for the old times, and experience mental distress.
Calamities occurred, economies went down, companies were forced to close down or lessen manpower. Lives turned upside down across the world.
In the United States, even powerful and what seemed like stable companies were not spared from business losses like General Electric, Frontier Communications, Aldo Group, and more. Some went to the drastic decision of laying off people and declaring bankruptcy. It is heartbreaking for employers to let go of talents, and equally distressing to employees who suddenly find themselves without employment.
Going through sudden unemployment is saddening and may affect a lot of areas of people’s lives including health and wellbeing, relationships, and families, as well as how they see the future. The distress may be worsened by the uncertainties that COVID- 19 brings. [Read more…]
One of the drastic changes most companies have to face is the work set-up of employees.
While some companies already have work from home set-up even before the pandemic, most companies were left with no choice but to adapt to ensure business continuity while keeping their employees safe.
How can business owners, with no experience managing remote employees, navigate this “new normal”?
Here are some helpful tips.
Who would have thought many countries would be put on lockdown?
Businesses are struggling and employees are getting laid off. International flights are suspended. The transport industry is halted.
Let’s face it. Many of us are not prepared for this.
You’re lucky if you have savings and an emergency fund.
Some are also lucky to have been able to work from home since many companies have already adopted a work from home policy.
But if you lost your job because of the pandemic, how would you earn a living from now on?
In this post, I’ll show you how you can still make a living despite what’s going on in the world.
It’s not easy. Nothing is. But with patience and hard work, I know you can make it.