Hi, ingenious_forest here.
Recently, I posted a question for Debbie Marks on the ask an expert post here:
I asked; "How do you think that the pandemic will affect the way working will develop, and workplaces/jobs will change?"
As I said in my post, this question has been bugging me for a while, so I am going to answer it in this post.
Firstly, how has the pandemic affected jobs?
- Jobs have been affected in so many different ways:
- People have had to work from home
- People have been furloughed (not working, and being paid 80% of their salary - funded by the government)
- People have been made redundant - let go from their jobs because of lack of work
- The number of people working has fallen significantly - 600,000 people stopped working during the first national lockdown!
The future of jobs will be affected similarly:
- People may work from home more
- The government will know to furlough people in crisis
- Redundancy may be a lot more common, as AI (Artificial Intelligence) begins to take over jobs
- The number of people working online, and using online meetings to call people will rise significantly
- How people decide to work, and what jobs they do will change
There will be a lot of different jobs being developed, e.g computer programmer, or a technician, to work on robots for different jobs
Secondly, how has the pandemic affected workplaces?
- A lot of workplaces have close, due to lack of funds
- Again, the new workplace for a lot of people is at home
- A lot of workplaces have been sold due to lack of funds
- Some workplaces have been converted into NHS hospitals
- Workplaces are not able to cope with the tiny amount of employees coming into work, so close, or only stay open on certain days
The future of workplaces will probably change:
- We will see fewer people going to work, and more people working from home
- More workplaces will be changed to a technology workshop for AI
- The workplaces of a lot of small businesses will close down as they are taken over by tech giants
The main thing that we see in that list, is that a lot of places will be changed to be a part of the AI business. I think that one day, the majority of major jobs a the moment will be done by robots, and the main jobs for humans will be maintaining the state of technology, and creating new technology.
Finally, the question; "How will working develop, and how has the future of working been affected by the pandemic?"
I think, as I have mentioned above, that most jobs in the future will be to do with Artificial Intelligence. So what the pandemic has done, is it has stunted the development of that AI, so that it will not be brought into the world as early as we might have hoped (or feared).
This could be quite an important part in the history of developing technology, as people may need to change the programming for the tech to be able to deal with a situation such as the one we're in now.
In conclusion, the future of work has been affected in many ways by the pandemic, but the main thing it has done is that it has slowed the growth and development of certain AI technologies, and it has changed the way we see and perceive working - we will probably all in the future look back on the 2020 and think: "Oh, why did people worry about going to work? You can literally just work at home..."
Thank you for reading my extremely long post!