Article and image by Mona Bitar at Ernst & Young LLP

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on the world of work.

Millions of us have become accustomed to working from home and will be wondering when – and if – we will return to the office.

Many people have found themselves taking on new and unfamiliar roles, often supporting the vulnerable and our local communities.

And working relationships have suddenly become more personal, as our domestic world becomes a constant backdrop to our daily work life.

As we tentatively seek to reopen our offices, factories and shops, we have an opportunity to reimagine work – and the workplace – as a much more human and purposeful experience, building on our efforts over the past few months. As employers, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink our position in the world, by reaffirming our commitment to society and the environment, and giving our employees’ work greater meaning.

In the latest of a series of webcasts devoted to business purpose, EY gathered a distinguished panel of CEOs and CHROs from the world’s leading companies. The panelists discussed shifting expectations of work and what this means for society and business.

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