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The COVID-19 pandemic left an indelible mark on the world of work, catalysing shifts that may have otherwise taken decades to unfold.

As we navigate the post-COVID landscape, these changes are not just temporary adjustments but are shaping up to be the new norm. From the rise of remote work to an increase in freelance and consultancy roles, how we work, collaborate, and engage with our careers is evolving.

The rise of remote work

The most significant shift has been the widespread adoption of remote work. Businesses and employees alike have come to appreciate the myriad benefits of working from home, such as unparalleled flexibility, elimination of commute times, and, often, a notable uptick in productivity. 

This paradigm shift toward remote work has redefined where we work and how work is integrated into our lives, spotlighting the need for a healthier work-life balance.

Responding to these changes in attitude, there’s been a pressing need to modernise traditional employment contracts to reflect better the realities of remote work and the growing demand for a fairer approach to work-life balance.

Zegal’s advanced Employment Contract solutions provide a critical foundation for companies aiming to navigate this new landscape.

By leveraging these tools, businesses can ensure that their contracts are up-to-date, catering to the expectations of today’s workforce for flexibility and fairness. 

The emergence of freelancing and consultancy

With the economic uncertainties brought about by the pandemic, many professionals have embraced freelancing or consultancy work, valuing the autonomy and diversity of projects over traditional employment.

This shift has led to a surge in demand for robust Freelance Agreements and Consultancy Agreements. These documents are vital for defining the scope of work, payment terms, and confidentiality agreements, ensuring that freelancers and consultants are protected and professional relationships are structured.

Going it alone: A new era of entrepreneurship

The pandemic has also sparked a wave of entrepreneurship, with many seizing the opportunity to start their own businesses. This surge in new ventures highlights the importance of a solid legal foundation.

Founders Agreement is crucial for setting clear expectations among business partners regarding equity distribution, roles and responsibilities, and what happens if someone decides to leave the company. 

Attracting top talent post-COVID: The role of incentives

In the wake of these transformative work habits, companies are innovating in where and how work is done and how they attract and retain top talent.

The competitive landscape for securing skilled professionals has intensified, prompting organisations to rethink their incentive structures. Beyond offering flexibility and work-life balance, businesses increasingly leverage financial incentives to draw the best people back into the corporate fold.

One of the most effective strategies being adopted is the implementation of share option plans. By offering employees the chance to own a piece of the company, businesses are not just incentivising their workforce but also aligning employees’ interests with the company’s long-term success.

Share option plans are powerful motivational tools, encouraging employees to contribute to the company’s growth and profitability.

Zegal’s Share Option Plan solutions facilitate the seamless integration of such incentives into a company’s compensation structure. These plans are meticulously designed to ensure legal compliance while maximising their appeal to prospective and current employees.

By offering share options, companies signal their commitment to employee success and investment in their workforce, setting the stage for a mutually beneficial relationship in the evolving work landscape.


As the dust settles in the post-COVID era, one thing is clear: the world of work will never be the same. The shifts toward remote work, freelancing, and entrepreneurship represent not just a response to a global crisis but a forward-looking approach to work and business.

Embracing these changes requires new tools and agreements to effectively navigate the complexities of today’s work environment.