In order to truly reimagine where, when and how we work, organizations should work across functional areas such as real estate, human resources (HR) and information technology (IT). Most importantly, they need to involve the business, end-users and employees in order to build a workplace experience focused on the needs of the individuals in a “new normal.” This includes establishing a strategic workforce plan to map where employees will be based in the future, potential tax implications, and rethinking employee contracts and policies and guidelines for hybrid working models. It also entails a new approach to leadership, with more distributed mandate, autonomy and work ethics as cultural cornerstones. In addition, the mobility agenda will be key in terms of who should travel or relocate physically in the future.
We are already on the path for reimagining work for tomorrow. We can already see the initial shift toward becoming a modern employer — an agile organization that empowers employees to work anywhere, anytime, on demand, work better and, above all, work differently.
How EY teams can help
There has been a great demand from many of EY’s clients to participate in interactive sessions together with their peers to share experiences and ideas, and work together to counter the current workplace challenges they grapple with. As a result of this, EY teams have taken the initiative to invite clients to what we call work reimagined action labs.
These labs are intimate sessions where selected people from some of the leading organizations in the Nordics meet up together with EY professionals in order to get inspired, discuss and co-create. The sessions utilize virtual collaboration tools, are highly interactive and focus on the biggest challenges that each participating organization has at the moment.
We can see that organizations are expecting to create more radical solutions and making change faster, and also looking at how to transform both bytes, bricks and behaviors. According to the EY Physical Return to Work Reimagined (PRWR) survey, a majority of employers are planning moderate or extensive changes to “reimagine work” in response to COVID-19. The survey shows that 77% of employers plan to make moderate to extensive changes to their workforce cost strategy and 75% plan to make moderate to extensive changes to business disruption planning. The disruption caused due to COVID-19 seems to have dispelled long-held myths about productivity and collaboration, and it showed how quickly we could adapt to the changes around us.
A majority of EY customers use Microsoft services to set up their digital and modern workplace. EY teams have a strategic alliance with Microsoft that brings us even closer to their technology and innovation and helps us benefit from other global implementations and leading practices. EY is one of the four named global partners providing consulting and advisory services based on Microsoft’s new employee experience platform, Microsoft Viva.