As Oceania moves into winter for 2022, chances are that many businesses and their staff are having to rise to yet another new challenge- navigating the post-pandemic workspace. Should staff continue working remotely, will a hybrid workplace become the new norm, or are we just postponing an inevitable return to the office? Australian researchers are all for the flexible workplace, citing increases in workforce participation, staff satisfaction, and productivity levels.
Offices themselves have also changed post-pandemic, says Jane Margolies of The New York Times. “… as remote work took hold and returning to the office was postponed again and again, bigger changes have kicked in. To lure employees back to the office, companies are seeking to make them more welcoming and conducive to collaboration”
Flexibility in time, location, and working patterns has also been shown to benefit business owners- employers associated the workplace less with stagnancy, fatigue, and the dreaded ‘burnout’, and more with connectedness, innovation, and productivity. So, will businesses maintain their shift to cater for hybrid and remote work going forward? Only time will tell, but it seems likely!
Tech, Construction, Health, and more.
This issue offers insight into a range of Oceanic industries and the companies that lead them. We begin with our Technology View, which features the ingenious devices company, MasTec. Since 1989, MasTec have worked to develop and distribute high-tech medical and lab, instrumentation, and power system solutions to clients throughout New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific.
Moving into our Construction View, Business View connects with Mr. Don Del Borrello of Factory Pools Perth. An Australian owned and operated fibreglass swimming pool provider, Factory Pools Perth is now Australia’s largest pool manufacturer and the number one pool builder in their locality of Perth.
Our focus on Health & Hospitals highlights the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Auckland Plastic Surgical Centre (APSC). ASPS is Australia’s peak national body for specialist plastic surgeons working in the reconstructive and cosmetic surgery industries. The association represents 500 specialist surgeons, students, and retirees across the country, and advocates on behalf of members and their patients on issues such as the availability of plastic surgery in public hospitals. Operating since 2008 out of Auckland, New Zealand, APSC is a specialist plastic surgery provider that offers a full suite of both surgical and non-surgical care for the treatment of life impacting conditions. APSC also works charitably through Operation Restore Hope NZ, to deliver annual pro bono surgeries to children and young adults with cleft lip and palate conditions living in the Philippines.
We conclude this issue with Grow Finance, for our focus on Professional Services. Established in 2015 to provide an alternative lending partner for Australian small to medium business enterprises, Grow Finance now has the ability to deliver every product available in the non-bank lender market for SME clients. Grow Finance is a progressive, innovative, and fast-moving entity that seeks to positively disrupt Australia’s finance industry by leading the way in client-centric financial services.
That’s it from us for May. Be well, stay safe, and as always… Enjoy the Read!