The Future of Work

The pandemic has brought about significant changes to the way people work. Since April, changes have occurred to the gig economy ,remote working and automation some of which have been positive and others not.


First let's start with the gig economy. It means when people would either have a flexible job or work for themselves e.g. they might be a taxi driver and a cleaner.


Next remote working. Remote working is when people use the online platform (to do work) such as apps like Zoom or Microsoft team and may do their work in places like cafes or parks (to get fresh air).


Automation is when machines (in the near future) and robots will take the jobs humans usually do.

For now we will be focusing on remote working. With this comes with problems and opportunities.


Problems for remote working are such as less contact with humans , you might meet a colleague online they might not be who they say they are or your electricity bill might be out of the roof because you are using it 6 to 7 hours a day (may vary) and your eyes may hurt after the long hours .


Some opportunities are you have more free time because you get more done this means you can spend more time with your family and friends (maybe not friends during Covid-19). You’ll probably have less distractions (unless your cat comes and crawls on your computer). You’ll be more flexible with time e.g. you can start an essay at 6am and finish it whilst eating lunch. Finally, it was proven in the middle of march that the air pollution went down because less people were driving to work although they weren't driving at all because they were working from home.

Why might some people think the pandemic is a turning point for work?

The pandemic has increased remote working by 4 in 10 people (nearly half the population) and workplaces are more hygienic because people are sanitising and wearing face masks.

Listening, speaking, problem solving and creativity are the key characteristics to have however the most important to me are problem solving and creativity. For example Natasha, her store closed due to the virus but when she reopened she decided to upgrade her cafe because she was in charge of the store next door and decided to connect the buildings. Now her cafe is X2 the size of her old cafe. She used the traits creativity and speaking because without her creativity she wouldn't have thought of it and without speaking she wouldn’t have got permission.

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