Summary: Due to the coronavirus, new job trends are giving the American workplace a new look, creating what is being called a new frontier
Original author and publication date: Bryan Robinson – February 25, 2021
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Perhaps, only perhaps, we will emerge from the prehistory of humanity.
From the article:
Once the do-over is revealed, what will that frontier look like? MindEdge’s fourth annual national Future of Work study: The New Frontier of the American Workplace, released on February 24, 2021, probed the attitudes of managers to find out how the pandemic has affected the workforce. According to the report, increased automation and upskilling have spurred a greater need for workers to “future-proof” their careers and learn new job skills. MindEdge conducted the online survey during the week of January 11, 2021 and published it on February 24, 2021. The sample included 830 United States residents, 18 or older, who are employed at the level or manager or above.
New Health And Safety Changes
According to the report, employees who plan to return to their workplaces are likely to encounter new health and safety requirements. Fully 87% of respondents report that their companies have already introduced new health and safety protocols due to Covid-19. A majority of 54% say they expect employees will be required to vaccinate before returning to the workplace. Current guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that vaccine mandates are allowed to ensure a safe workplace for other employees, as long as reasonable accommodations are available to those who are unable to receive the vaccine. According to the report, protecting health and safety was an especially strong motivation in the healthcare (45%) and retail (41%) sectors. But companies in the technology (47%) and manufacturing (42%) sectors introduced new technology mainly as a way to cut costs.
Acceleration In Workplace Automation
The survey found that 52% of companies increased the use of advanced automation robotics in direct response to the Covid-19 crisis. Among managers whose companies automated in response to the pandemic, 39% say that automation was introduced primarily to protect workers’ health and safety, while 33% say it was mainly a cost-cutting move.