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    These 3 new behaviours will transform the future

    MANILA, Philippines – The world has been turned upside down by the largest public health and economic crisis in living memory. The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred governments, financial institutions and brands into a frenzy of action to save lives, and to protect livelihoods and bottom lines.

    Even as Southeast Asia markets start to gradually ease restrictions, 74 percent of businesses are now shifting to allow some employees to work remotely on a permanent basis. While physical office spaces will not go away, workplace dynamics and the need for a physical office will be reduced, transforming the workplace like never before.

    This departure from the workplace environment that we used to know is a significant step towards digital transformation.

    new behaviours will transform the future

    Epson, a global technology leader, recently released a study highlighting the need for reliable and innovative technologies to help increase productivity and reduce stress within one's work environment.

    New behaviours that will transform the future

    The COVID-19 crisis has fundamentally changed the world as we know it. It is important to understand what will happen next. How deep a recession can we expect, and when will recovery come?

    SEE ALSO: LIST: 5 business ideas and jobs to earn money while in COVID

    To help people navigate the new workplace, let’s take a look at some of the behaviours that are likely to remain in place in a post COVID-19 world.

    1. A Virtual workforce

    Long before the pandemic started, technology was readily available to support flexible working with messaging platforms such as Zoom, Slack, Skype and Microsoft Teams all providing remote working options. At the same time, the health crisis has accelerated this transition and forced many organizations into becoming a predominantly virtual workforce.

    Even when the economy recovers, many believe that remote working is set to be a permanent fixture in our working culture.

    One of the biggest benefits to the rise of a virtual workforce is cost savings. This manifests in a reduction in rental, on-premise technology spends, as well as financial benefits for employees, who no longer need to commute to a physical office, giving businesses few reasons to return back to traditional working styles.

    2. Distance learning

    The education industry has been forced to turn to online learning plans using technology to conduct classes on digital platforms, without compromising learning outcomes.

    Despite the move to conduct lessons online, it remains crucial to engage learners via student-centric approaches to distance learning. From recorded lectures, live streaming, self-help guides, to virtual consultations, educators around the world are constantly looking for ways to make learning more fun and engaging.

    3. E-commerce will become a way of life

    The outbreak has refocused consumer purchase priorities leading to new shopping habits.

    Online shopping trend is here to stay, and it’s evident that the pandemic has accelerated new e-commerce behaviours as consumers become more accustomed to the various online platforms and will continue to conduct purchases online, even after a solution to Covid-19 is found.

    Driving sustainability in a hybrid work environment

    As we move to embrace hybrid workplaces, it is important to ensure that employees are equipped with the right tools to ensure productivity, regardless of where they are working from.

    Through Epson’s products-- document scanner, home projector, and inkjet printers, the brand aims to reshape the future and prepare the community to adapt to the new normal workplace.

    — The Summit Express

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