The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every facet of our lives, including the way we work. With many cities, states, and countries still under lockdown, many experiences that were once part of our everyday lives are no longer possible. Still, there are some ways to cope.
Tech companies like BairesDev are providing software development and information technology solutions to help businesses and their employees manage their lives and work during these unprecedented circumstances.
Staying in communication with colleagues and clients is key to keeping your business running successfully. The pandemic made Zoom a household name. The video communication platform not only allows workers to interact and collaborate on camera, but it also facilitates connections between friends, family, teachers, and students.
Zoom isn’t the only video communication platform available, although it may be the most recognizable name. There are plenty of alternatives, such as WebEx. For day-to-day communication that doesn’t require face-to-face meetings, many people are turning to chat technology like Slack, which not only allows you to send messages but also facilitates file-sharing.
Employee Engagement and Workplace Experience
When you’re not on-site, it can be difficult to engage with colleagues and muster enthusiasm for the workday. Many organizations are turning to employee engagement and workplace experience software and applications to “recreate” the office culture.
Employees can view community events — virtual ones, of course — learn about policies and other company communications, direct-message colleagues, integrate social media, and much more. Ultimately, a more engaged workforce leads to greater productivity and overall motivation, which translates to better work.
Wellness is particularly at risk given the limited interaction many people are having with the outside world. When your mental health suffers, so do other aspects of your life, including productivity. Fortunately, technology can help support and promote wellness and facilitate self-care.
Consider guided meditation and mindfulness apps like Headspace and Calm. These tools have always been popular, but during the pandemic, they’ve only increased in use, with people relying on them to get them through the crisis. You can even have therapy sessions virtually through platforms like Talkspace, which connects you to licensed mental health professionals online and over the phone.
Don’t forget that many therapists are continuing to offer therapy on HIPAA-compliant platforms like Doxy.me. That means that if you were already seeing a provider, you can continue to work with them remotely.
If you’re concerned about continuing to progress professionally while you’re under lockdown, don’t be. There are plenty of tools that can help facilitate professional development, from networking to learning. You’re probably well aware of networks like LinkedIn that allow you to connect with people in your industry and beyond, as well as join groups for contacts with similar interests or those who work at your company, attended your alma mater, and so on.
You can also take a host of courses to gain skills and boost your marketability as a professional. There are many course libraries that offer classes in topics like coding, language-learning, marketing, presentation skills, blockchain, and much more. Try websites like Udemy and Coursera. There are even some free courses as well.
Transitioning Back to the Workplace
Of course, we’ll return to the workplace at some point. In order to do so, businesses need to make sure their employees will be safe. How can they do that? One solution is digital contact tracing technology.
Companies of all sizes, including Apple and Google, are developing tools to help track the spread of COVID-19, including wearable technology, devices, and apps. The tools are meant to trace people who have the disease and others they may have come into contact with. The hope is that if organizations are able to know who has the disease, they can help prevent it from spreading across the office.
The COVID-19 pandemic will likely forever change the way we live and work. While it remains to be seen just how the virus will alter our day-to-day work and lives, the fact is, we’ll need to keep persisting and moving forward in spite of the massive impact it has on us right now.
Communication, collaboration, wellness, and professional development technology can help support workers manage their activities — and ultimately their lives — during a chaotic and difficult time. These and other tools will allow them to continue to function as close to normal until life returns to some semblance of actual normalcy.