What could the ‘next new normal’ may look like

What could the new normal look like as many people are now getting vaccinated.
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 6:14 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -More than a year into the pandemic, more people are now getting vaccinated and ready to pack up that home office and move back to their old desk or will they?

What could the ‘next new normal’ look like in 2021?

“I don’t think anybody predicted, we’d be here 13 months later and still dealing with the pandemic, and frankly we’re not done,” said Dr. Jeffrey Miller, Epidemiologist and Senior Vice President, Director at Orau.

Dr. Miller says companies are looking at the next normal for employees and examining what the workplace will look like post pandemic.

“I don’t think it’ll ever go back to the way it was, I think, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing,” said Dr. Miller.

Dr. Miller says there’s been some good to come out of the past year, like how businesses have quickly adapted to technology and in some cases, a better understanding of employees stress.

He says the companies who can battle both will be successful.

“People will remember in the workplace, how they were treated. During the COVID pandemic, and they’re going to remember that for a whole long time,” said Dr. Miller.

He says companies should take advantage of what they’ve learned working through the pandemic and apply it to the future. “That prolonged stress created the exhaustion band that has wear and tear.”

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