"Labor Transformation: New Trends and Challenges.
Trends in New Work Modalities
In recent years, some industries, especially the technology sector, have adopted innovative work modalities. Concepts such as flexible hours, remote work (home office), and objective-based evaluations have become a constant in digital businesses. These practices not only improve people’s quality of life but also pose a challenge to team cohesion and corporate culture.
Before the year 2020, many modern companies, or those adapting to the changing times, began implementing partial remote workdays. However, these initiatives were often viewed as experiments with mixed results. The global pandemic that began in 2020, while bringing numerous negative impacts, has also accelerated digitalization in various sectors such as education, healthcare, commerce, logistics, and business management.
It has forced us to work from home and adapt to maintain the necessary performance levels for the functioning and growth of organizations. Today, remote work is not just a survival measure but a strategy for thriving. While some traditional companies plan to return to “normal” in 2022, others have opted to maintain a hybrid system, even optimizing their physical spaces. This is because the results of this new format have shown success in recent months, although concerns arise about team cohesion and the development of corporate culture. The question on many minds is: Will we return to the office? Those who have the option of a hybrid system can enjoy the best of both worlds.
The benefits of working from home (WFH) include increased family interaction, flexibility in daily routines, the possibility of living in different parts of the country, and avoiding rush-hour traffic. On the other hand, in-person modalities (IP) offer direct interaction with colleagues, knowledge transfer, learning through concrete examples, quick resolution of everyday problems, and the building of relationships that strengthen corporate culture.
We advise our clients to place their organization’s talent at the center of their decisions, as the work modality should enhance team performance and strengthen commitment to the organization.
Based on conversations with CEOs of technology and digital companies, we have concluded that the competitive advantage is closely linked to the quality of the company’s talent. Therefore, the ability to attract qualified professionals and executives from the market will be key to business success, both in terms of quality and quantity.
Benefits of These Modalities
- Greater Flexibility: Flexible hours and the option to work from home provide employees with a better balance between work and personal life.
- Increased Productivity: These modalities have been shown to improve employee productivity by reducing commutes and enabling a more comfortable work environment.
- Employee Retention: By offering flexible work options, companies can retain their employees and attract new talents.
- Culture of Innovation: Combining these modalities with a culture of innovation and creativity will attract new employees to the organization.