My name is eager_relfection, and today I will be discussing about the future of work. There are three main predictions about the future of work: gig economy, automation and remote working.
First and foremost, gig economy is when a person does multiple, part-time jobs. Automation is when companies use robots and AI (artificial intelligence) to do low-skilled jobs. Remote working - which I will be focusing on today - is when someone uses technology to work from wherever they want. I personally think that remote working is the best prediction.
In my opinion, there are both a few positives and negatives concerning remote working. Firstly, I would like to focus on the problems. It may cause problems for people who don't have the correct technology. An office provides your equipment for you but you may not have it at home. This means some people cannot work at home. Also, some people's jobs require them to go to their place of work, such as farmers. They need to go to the farm to do their work. Furthermore, workers won't have face-to-face contact with their colleagues. They won't have colleagues to help you and discussed solutions or new ideas. To solve this problem, they can ask them online, but won't get a response as quickly.
On the other hand, there are a few opportunities. This is because workers can be more productive, due to them being familiar with their workspace. Also, they have a flexible schedule because they can begin to work earlier because there is no need to commute to work, and thus making them more productive. In addition, it helps them spend more time with their family. Finally, it means that they are safer from diseases, such as COVID-19, because they are not coming into contact with anyone other than their family.
Some people believe that the pandemic is a turning point for work. First of all, I would like to explain what a turning point is. A turning point is something so impactful that it changes the way people work. COVID-19 caused a loss for so many people and businesses. It even caused people to lose their jobs and for companies to close down some branches. Some companies have gone bankrupt! A few industries, such as the performing arts an consumer goods, have been at a disadvantage too. However, other businesses have thrived during the pandemic, such as Amazon and Netflix. This is because people have been online shopping and watching movies more often in these times. The pandemic may speed up remote working because due to lockdown, people were forced to stay at home, and lots of people enjoy doing this. In the future, they might do this more often.
Finally, I would like to discuss about the four skills of listening, speaking, problem solving, and creativity. Here's why each skill is important for workers to have.
Listening: Listening is important because workers can learn more from each other, and so that there will be less arguments at work.
Speaking: Speaking is important because it allows you to have your say and express your views.
Problem solving: This is a great skill because you can learn how to do things to adapt so you can survive. It is very important during this pandemic, as lots of people had to improvise to do certain things.
Creativity: The last skill is important because you can create new things to share with others which can lead to success.
Thank you for reading my post!