Working From Home
For most companies, the pandemic has flipped the workplace dynamics altogether. We now realise what’s important and how most jobs can be done from home. There are tasks and activities being canceled especially those that cannot be performed from home. Those who still have a job are finding new ways to perform their tasks. Ensuring work continuity and trying to avert their own crisis to save the business from Coronavirus (COVID-19). Job routines are changing, and we foresee new roles and responsibilities will flourish as the pandemic loses its foothold.
Organisations not typically used to anything but a 9 to 5 / five days work week are forced to let employees work from home. These entities rather want your home to become your workplace with measures that are laughable to say the least. I saw a work from home guideline, encouraging employees to create your own workspace, dress up, start and end work as you did in the office. All of it is easier said than done but it called for avoiding distractions, stay connected and hold yourself accountable. While making sure you do something creative in time you have saved by not commuting to work. ughh… Some firms just missed the train when it comes to work from home. But they’ll come around.
We see unprecedented levels of investments in technology and safeguarding employees at workplace while trying to maintain efficiency. For these safeguards, employers and colleagues might get more cautious with sick employees or maintain distance or avoid physical contacts. There will be less travelling and face to face meetings as due to the pandemic, almost everyone has now used video conferencing. More hygienic practices shall be encouraged at workplace and face masks / gloves as well as social distancing might become a norm even after the pandemic is over.
Another interesting aspect is security and confidentiality, how are these information sensitive companies working now? Where are all those information gatekeepers that ensured closed networks and security measures. We foresee things changing too for these false messiahs prolonging their jobs by instilling fear of information leakage or misuse. It must be a pain for them to relax all the policies and red tapes to let people access information and the network from home. Workplace is a dynamic entity and while it readjusts itself with the changing times, we foresee that digitisation will increase in the future. The role of information gatekeepers and subsequent policies will be questioned and changed. Work from home would be encouraged and will become a part of even traditional businesses.
Beside commercial entities nearly all Government offices, medical facilities and supermarkets and shops are finding ways to keep operating despite the pressure they face.
Digital VS Material Economy and Knowledge VS Non-Knowledge Workers
The digital economy and material economy are creating a new inequality as well as knowledge workers and non-knowledge workers. During the pandemic digital economy and knowledge workers are in a better condition while the non-knowledge worker in material economy are suffering the most. We feel that after the pandemic digital economy would come out better even more.
But let’s think of the non-knowledge workers, the blue collar workers, the supporting staff or those on daily wages
who don’t get the luxury of staying at home and have fun with work mates on cameras. Gives me shivers as they don’t have the perks such as paid leaves or health insurance, or time offs and for most of them missing a work day means missing a day’s wage. The labourers in manufacturing industries will get the most impact with shrunk economic activity and held production.
In the United States alone, 5.2 million people filed unemployment claims last week, bringing the total to 22 million in the four weeks. Millions are filling for unemployment benefits and its estimated that unemployment rate will reach 15% or even higher. These numbers need context, here are two for you. 15% unemployment is unheard of in the U.S. as it would be the worst since World War 2. The past 3 weeks the job loss numbers in the U.S. have surpassed the two year of last recession. Although, Federal Reserve is dedicating an additional $2.3 Trillion as loans to small and mid-sized companies across the U.S.
You think it’s bad for the U.S., How about the developing or under developed countries? Where will this pandemic take them, only future will tell.
In this series of articles, we’ll be looking at the changes future will bring after the pandemic;
- Coronavirus Outbreak – Infection Control and Pathogen Transmission
- Healthcare in the Post Pandemic World
- Economy in the Post Pandemic World
- Society, Culture and Religion in the Post Pandemic World
- Democracy & Climate Change in the Post Pandemic World
- Media in the Post Pandemic World