Luckily 2020 has finally come to an end, and 2021 has begun. 2021 will probably be full of transition and change, which will be quite a year for you QHSE managers. When more and more people get vaccinated, life will come back to normal, and so will working life. However, due to the financial impact of Covid-19, certain businesses will be in hard financial times, which will have an impact on the workplace as well.
Back To Work
In 2021, people will slowly go back to work again with all the pros and cons. Due to the increase of human interaction, certain activities will become much easier. Videoconferencing is great, but it does miss that special factor of real human interaction. This is beneficial for this to pick up again for things like cross-functional improvement plans. Yes, they can be done over videoconference, but having that direct interaction boosts the creative process. Also, having some education will again be much easier when people get back to the office. During these transition months, you have some time to prepare for these sessions.
Need for Alignment
The pandemic showed a number of gaps in management systems around the world. All of a sudden, certain information was available to people, certain SOPs weren’t available or documents were outdated, and much more. Fixing this while maintaining any decent level of QHSE wasn’t easy. However, with light at the end of the tunnel, it is important to make sure the management system becomes more robust and can function without much friction. Having the right platform to support the management system is critical to this. The right platform allows for accessibility from anywhere in the world, at any time, on any device. Having such a coherent management system will bring the QHSE management system to the next level and get it more into the fibers of the organization.
After the pandemic, most people have become accustomed to working from home. This will most likely lead to some form of hybrid working where people work from home a couple of days a week. This will probably lead to higher productivity because people can do the most focused tasks when they are working at home. While the tasks that require interaction with colleagues can be done at the office. This new hybrid way will bring results for the company but requires some planning because people need to be at the office on the same day. This requires transparency on a few things, for example, calendars. As you know by now, we do believe transparency is great for employee engagement.
With Qooling, employees can see what the company is doing, how it is doing and how it improves. This creates higher engagement and allows people to help the company move forward.