By : M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru : According to reports when workers around the world eventually return to their desks, they'll find many changes due to the pandemic. For a start, fewer people will go back to their offices as the coronavirus crisis makes working from home more accepted, and companies weigh up rent savings and productivity benefits. For the rest, changes will begin with the commute as workers arrive in staggered shifts to avoid rush hour crowds. Staff might take turns working alternate days in the office to reduce crowding. Floor markings or digital sensors could remind people to stand apart and cubicles might even make a comeback.British bank Barclays is making a "long-term adjustment in how we think about our location strategy,” CEO Jes Staley reportedly said. "The notion of putting 7,000 people in a building may be a thing of the past.”That is already happening in China. Beijing municipal authorities limited the number of people in each office to no more than 50% of usual staffing levels, required office workers to wear face masks and sit at least 1meter (3.3 feet) apart. At a minimum, the Covid-19 crisis could be the death knell for some recent polarizing office trends, such as the shared or co-working workspaces used by many tech startups to create a more casual and creative environment. Cubicles and partitions are making a return as the virus speeds the move away from open plan office spaces Design firm Bergmeyer is reinstalling dividers at its Boston office according to press reports .At Google and Facebook, staff will be able to work remotely until the end of 2020. Other firms have realised they don't even need an office. One thing is for sure: Office jobs are never going to be the same as reported by press.
Reportedly In tandem with the revised guidelines issued by other state governments on the work-from-home facility for the employees of MNCs, IT firms and other corporates during the lockdown, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa also announced that only essential and critical services will be carried out from offices, and that the remaining staff should continue to work from home (WHF). This is no longer an ad hoc model that needs to be sustained only for now. Many are making changes in their lifestyle and work models to adapt to this model of working, which may soon be the new normal."The ICT Companies are leveraging virtual tools to stay connected amid the lockdown. The associates are delivering critical features to enable business operations to run smoothly, worldwide,” The ICT Companies are even providing financial assistance to buy furniture, so that they can have an ergonomic workspace at home, while also delivering laptops to new entrants.”."The 'new normal' has forced ICT Companies to adopt innovative ways to serve thier customers without disrupting their deliverables.The biggest change has been in the way teams and co-workers communicate, and many say that mastering effective remote communication is almost vital for their CV now.