Workforce innovation is everywhere we look in the world of business, and organizations continue to rethink game plans and operating strategies as economic and COVID-19-related uncertainty continues to rock the marketplace. Naturally, many scrappy business owners and leadership teams continue to pioneer new ways to move forward, even in the face of ongoing challenges. Wondering which workforce innovations and new trends you’ll want to keep in mind as you go about rethinking the shape of your organization and the shape and function of your physical office space? Look no further, as we run down several trends we’ve been seeing as a result of our recent research into how tomorrow’s business world is changing and evolving to keep up with a rapid-fire string of new disruptions.

Topic: Planning Ahead – What to Do in Case a Rising Wave of COVID-19 Impacts Your Business

Topic: We’re already seeing cases on an uptick around the world – a trend that may well continue well into 2021, forcing a growing number of businesses to have to shut down again or radically rethink their game plan. They need to know how to address possible concerns before hiccups happen again.

Insight: Now’s the time to build out a contingency plan, and use digital transformation tools, new business or pricing strategies, and more flexible operating models to plan for sudden shifts in the market. Likewise, it’s also important to button up your finances now, and the way in which you work with vendors, as well as form partnerships with other businesses so you have greater ability to pivot as needed.

Topic: How to Adapt Your Workplace to a Coronavirus World / What Will Tomorrow’s Office and Workplace Look Like?

Topic: Business leaders need to radically redesign the workplace and office to fit social distancing and safety requirements and keep up with new workforce innovations – it’s important to rethink what tomorrow’s workspace will look like.

Insight: Beyond redesigns to support remote working and teleworking, think more spaced out workstations, storage lockers and private spaces where employees keep their individual items, antibacterial surfaces, contactless interaction (e.g. voice-controlled lights/thermostats), temperature-taking setups, and more.