A new essential skill set requirement added to all job descriptions across the world –
Experience and management of work from home model.
“Do you know to handle your teams on WFH model. What have been the productivity levels and what has been the engagement hours? The emotional quotient required to manage people on the other side of the screen remotely will be a major HR skill .This will be the most essential question hereafter from any organization in an interview.
Whoever will develop this skill the best way will only be eligible for a job of leading and managing the team, else only fit for an Individual contributor. Learn the skill sooner than other to avoid getting redundant in the system. Else system will take the leap of introducing and adapting to automation preponing the plan of redundancy of people in the system.
A big wave of retrenchment and job loss among desk and process jobs to begin post- pandemic since all the processes will have got automated and human intervention and engagement will drastically reduce. Industry will have prepared for the next pandemic which will occur after 100 years assuming it will be similar to COVID. But in reality, Industry will have insulated itself from human dependency by the means of automation. The threat posed by robotics, AI and Machine learning has been executed by COVID beforehand.
It wouldnt be surprising if people will be managed by robots which was mentioned as an irony and laughed out earlier.
Industry digitization would have remained a temporary arrangement if Covid would have ended up in the first wave. But since covid has prolonged to second, third wave followed by black fungus or better mutated covid virus, the digitization will be further extended, improvised, sustained and habituated to.
Industry needs formalising the skill of WFH as a major training need and build training programs like how people management, motivation etc.., were identified as a skill earlier.