“Pandemic” ways of working are increasingly becoming new standards. For management and workforce alike, this poses challenges that should not be underestimated.
More and more people are working from both home and the office. And that’s not going to change anytime soon after the coronavirus pandemic, as many employees want more flexible work models. And that’s despite the fact that, according to the 2020 Deloitte Flexible Working Study, nearly half of respondents miss having a clear separation between their work and private life when working from home.
At least for HR managers in Germany, the future seems certain in this regard: According to the labor market report by personnel service provider Robert Half, the majority of respondents (86 percent) see hybrid working teams as a permanent feature of the working world. But the demands facing employees are also correspondingly “hybrid”. For example, the importance of communication skills in many positions is more important than ever.
Hybrid skill sets have been in demand for some time but the pandemic has shifted the priorities for many companies. For example, in the first half of 2021, managing costs (50 percent), identifying new growth strategies (49 percent) and investing in new technologies (45 percent) were at the top of the agenda. This ranking is also reflected in the job descriptions and the skills they require.
However, it is not advisable to immediately rush into recruiting. According to the experts at personnel service provider Robert Half, it is preferable to have a more structured, five-step approach to build a qualified and versatile workforce: