What does the typical office look like in January? Any other year we would describe a huge building, break rooms, water coolers, and people talking, holding meetings, etc. This year the typical office is much smaller, maybe it has a fold away single bed? Or it’s a corner of the kitchen where your desk is shared with a toddler in the corner. Yes, many of us now work from home. What does this mean for the world of work? Will we see the possibility of new ways of working and take advantage of the opportunities they offer?
Homework is much more of a standard than it used to be. This time last year you would have difficulty finding anyone who heard about a “Zoom meeting”. It’s commonplace these days. We even saw a whole bunch of new words related to zoom calls. My personal favorites are “zoom bombing” and “zumping”. We are now used to using a range of software that we were previously unfamiliar with. I’ve worked through Slack, where our team chats, submits work, and monitors progress from different locations.
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We will also see the traditional economy recover. When society opens up again, we will need more workers. Service workers, retail assistants, delivery workers, and office workers will all return, and we will slowly see new jobs replacing those lost last year. Even if the administrative and office work is more tied to the home work model and new employees are hired. It will be interesting to see how new employees take up their jobs when they may never visit the company office.
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