New Normal = Working Culture Revolution

Restrictions on the movement of vehicles and people, and to some extent, the ban on office work, are forcing companies to reinvent their ways of operating and revolutionize their work culture.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Following the spread of covid-19, strict home quarantines were decreed in Central American countries. This scenario boosted the implementation of teleworking and forced companies to adapt to a new way of operating.

In labor markets such as the U.S., large companies had tried to apply remote work in recent decades, however, most projects were not successful.

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Business leaders agree that the barrier, which previously prevented them from migrating from the traditional way to telecommuting, was the culture of the companies and the employees.

Prensalibre.com reports that Jody Thompson, co-founder of the work program at Best Buy, a U.S. electronics retailer, explains that "... Flexible working gives employees more freedom with their schedules, but doesn't fundamentally change how they are supervised. This is a time when working can change for the better. We need to create a different kind of work culture, where everyone is 100 percent responsible and 100 percent autonomous. Just manage the work, not the people."

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Jeffrey Gundlach, who runs the Los Angeles-based investment firm DoubleLine Capital, explained that he has "started to see his newly adapted telecommuting staff in a different light. I realized, somehow, who was actually doing the work and who wasn't doing as much work as the paperwork indicated. With respect to 'some of the people in supervision and middle management, I'm beginning to wonder if I really need them."

Regarding the recruitment of new employees, specialists believe that when a worker is hired remotely, it is possible to get the best talent available and not just the best talent who wants to live in a certain city. You get real diversity. And it turns out that this affects innovation.

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August 2019

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