The ‘new normal’ is here to stay and you can use it to your advantage
If you haven’t made the most of the “new normal”, now is the time to start.
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May 20, 2021
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During the pandemic people went from “I can’t wait for things to get back to normal” to “Are things going to get back to normal?” Finally, it looks like we’ve landed on accepting a “new normal” – and that’s not a bad thing. Things will probably never be exactly the way they were in 2019 or even early 2020. With the massive changes in the way we live our personal and professional lives, there will be a necessary adjustment. But with this change comes an opportunity.
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Will things get back to normal?
Normal is relative, and “normal” life has many aspects. The short answer is yes and no. There will be degrees of change in all areas. For some, things can be very similar to what they used to be. In other areas we will see more significant changes. The pandemic has changed the way we socialize, work and learn. These broad areas will likely continue to undergo changes as we readjust.
Benefits of the new normal in personal life
Personally and professionally, the pandemic has its benefits. On a personal level, the pandemic has prompted people to make significant lifestyle changes. A survey conducted by Cleveland Clinic and Parade found that 62% of people made a lifestyle change – people report spending more time outdoors and in nature, starting or changing an exercise program, improving sleep patterns, and introducing other health-oriented dietary changes. In addition, 34% of people say they eat healthier foods, and 87% of these people say it is a habit they will keep.
People are adopting home workouts and sticking to this habit more; 28% of people report increasing the frequency of exercise during Covid.
People are also reporting that the pandemic has made them more important to relationships. In the same survey, 34% of respondents say they feel closer to their family and 78% say that their 40s have helped them value their relationships. Additionally, 52 percent of households with children report making new connections and 27 percent say their children have benefited from spending more time with their family.
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Benefits of the new normal in business
The pandemic has prompted businesses to go online quickly. As the pandemic dragged on, companies were able to refine their processes and improve at work remotely. There are several advantages to this new professional standard:
● Remote work, which increases productivity (91% are more productive) and saves companies about $ 22,000 per employee on average.
● Remote workers also save money by purchasing less gas, coffee, lunches and clothing – $ 4,000 per year!
● Hiring remote employees also opens up your candidate pool – rather than hiring from a single small geographic area, now you have the choice of the global talent pool.
● Face-to-face meetings were seen as much less important than previously thought. People who were constantly traveling for work now have the option of staying at home with their families and doing many of their meetings by phone or video conference. Plus, people are feeling a lot more positive about digital meetings than they were before the pandemic.
● Employees working from home reduce greenhouse gas emissions – Employees working remotely in the United States save about 3.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gases each year by avoiding travel.
● Digital communication is better than ever, as companies were forced to make the change and improve upon it last year.
● Businesses now understand the need to be nimble and efficient online: the pandemic has shown us how quickly things can change and how important digital tools are to business success. Businesses are ready to act quickly when needed.
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The most important thing we can all do now is to be open – open to change and open to others. The pandemic, terrible as it is, has shown that we are all human and that we are all doing our best. Whether you’ve taken a positive step during the pandemic – like all those reporting healthy changes and stronger family ties – or not, it’s not too late to take advantage. The new standard has many benefits – just like you don’t need to go to a gym to start a fitness routine, you don’t necessarily need a desk to be successful at work. For businesses, the victories of remote work and new digital capabilities offer the opportunity to reduce costs and increase productivity. So will things get back to normal? No. Is this a bad thing? You are the judge.