The COVID-19 pandemic transformed the world of work in ways we could have never predicted. Three years after the initial outbreak, it's evident that many trends have evolved and reshaped the workplace, and Switzerland is no exception.
But what was just a fad and what’s outliving the pandemic? From the changing dynamics between employees and employers to the role of technology, and the innovative utilisation of the gig economy, tap into these insights to help shape your people strategy:
The employee-employer relationship: From transactional to collaborative
The pandemic catalysed a shift in the traditional employee-employer relationship. Remote work became the norm for many, and with it came increased autonomy and flexibility.
Employees experienced a sense of agency over their work, and employers recognised the value of trusting their teams. This evolution from a transactional to a more collaborative relationship is now a defining feature of the post-pandemic workplace.
- Greater Flexibility: Employees now expect flexible work arrangements. Hybrid work models that combine in-office and remote work have become popular. Employers have adapted to these expectations by providing tools and resources that enable remote collaboration, and adopting strategies to improve virtual collaboration.
- Emphasis on well-being: In Switzerland, and other countries, mental health has overtaken cancer to become the second highest concern globally.
With reports showing record-high levels of absences in Switzerland due to poor mental health, leaders and managers need to place mental health and well-being at centre stage. Employers are investing in employee assistance programs, stress management initiatives, a more empathetic approach to work-related stressors, and proactive measures in maintaining company culture while working remotely.
- Skill development: Continuous learning is crucial. Employers are investing in upskilling and reskilling programs to empower their workforce to adapt to changing demands. Bringing in the right people with the right skills – or willingness to learn – can be the biggest challenge to begin with. At Swisslinx, we have a highly experienced team of consultants who are dedicated to providing the best recruitment service to clients and candidates.
Amongst our effective recruitment and talent acquisition strategies, we adopt skill-based recruitment, assessing candidates based on skills and holistic competencies, rather than simply their experience, in order to pair can exceptional talent with leading businesses.
The tech revolution: accelerated adoption and integration
Technology has always been a driving force in the workplace, but the pandemic accelerated its adoption and integration into daily operations, reshaping the modern workplace.
- Remote work tools: Video conferencing, collaboration platforms, and project management tools have become indispensable. They have not only facilitated remote work but also enabled cross-functional collaboration and knowledge sharing.
- AI and Automation: Artificial intelligence and automation are increasingly being used to streamline repetitive tasks, allowing employees to focus on more strategic and creative aspects of their roles.
- Cybersecurity: The rise of remote work has heightened the importance of cybersecurity. Employers are investing heavily in cybersecurity measures to protect sensitive data and maintain business continuity.
The gig economy reimagined: A versatile workforce
The gig economy has evolved beyond the traditional freelancing model. It is now a vital component of workforce strategy for many organisations, and with that comes employer obligations for gig economy companies. Whilst policy, tax and law need to be considered, there are great benefits to the gig economy:
- On-demand talent: Companies are tapping into on-demand talent pools for specific projects and expertise. This allows for cost-effective solutions and access to a wide range of skills.
- Agile workforce: Organisations are adopting agile workforce models, where they can quickly scale up or down based on project needs. This flexibility enables them to remain competitive and agile in a rapidly changing market.
- Remote gig work: The gig economy is not limited to on-site work. Remote gig workers are providing services globally, bridging geographical gaps and bringing diversity to the workforce.
Are you ready to grow a thriving workforce?
Three years after the pandemic, the world of work has transformed significantly.
As we move forward, these trends will continue to evolve, and organisations that adapt to these changes will thrive in the post-pandemic world of work. Embracing flexibility, technology, and a dynamic approach to talent acquisition will be key to staying competitive and resilient in the face of future challenges.
Explore our talent acquisition services and contact us for support with your staffing needs.