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Although the pandemic has had a huge impact on many aspects of life, this Issue is looking at how it has impacted work. Watch this video about people who work on Roman Road, London. As you watch, look out for examples of the problems and opportunities people face.
- In the film, who was faced with a problem?
- Who was faced with an opportunity?
- Who was faced with both?
CHALLENGE: What other opportunities / problems have workers have faced? Use your own experience or what you have seen in the news to support your answer.
- CHANGE: The way people do their job has changed because of lockdown. Who has been affected the most by this?
Thinking question: How have some people been affected more than others by this? Is change always a bad thing? Why / why not?
- CHANGE: People are spending their money in different ways because they are shopping in different places and getting used to new routines. Who has been affected the most by this?
Thinking question: How might people be spending their money differently from before? People have also been spending more on online shopping. How might this have affected workers?
- CHANGE: Some workers and businesses are taking more risks because the pandemic is unpredictable. Who has been affected the most by this?
Thinking question: Do risks always lead to problems? How might workers decide whether a risk is worth taking or not?
- CHANGE: Some people have started to see key workers more positively as a result of the pandemic. Who has been affected the most by this?
Thinking question: Do you think the changes about how people see key workers will create problems or opportunities for the future of work? Why?
Watch this clip until it says “Stop the clip here” (press pause).
Choose either Natasha, Callum or Ilhan. Think about their experience during the lockdown and step into their shoes.
Press play again and try to answer the interview questions from their perspective (press pause while you answer).
CHALLENGE: repeat the interview, this time from a perspective that was not on the film, for example an estate agent or a baker.
- Which of the three big predictions might affect these people the most? The gig economy, remote working or automation?
- What changes caused by the pandemic might become permanent for workers?
- Why might some people think covid-19 s a turning point for work?
Over to you!
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