“The pandemic has definitely been a turning point for work. But how do we predict what impact it might have on the future of work?”
Good morning. I see you have been keeping up to date with the coronavirus pandemic. It has certainly made a lot of different changes to the way we used to work. Some of which were the gig economy, automation and remote working. They each have faced their own challenges but have also experienced major breakthroughs.
The Gig Economy
The gig economy's actual meaning is that people will work for a range of jobs and get paid the amount of money the employers are willing to pay. For an example, a man who has kids in nursery could be a cashier, a taxi driver and a waiter depending on the hours and different days his children have to be picked up.
The remote working’s meaning is that people may work at home, which a large population of 4 in 10 people did during the pandemic, or wherever they are instead of being in the office. For an example, a woman could be working on a train but still in touch with conferences and colleagues from other places.
The automation prediction for the future of work has a rather strange outcome. It is meant so technology like machines or drones could take “low- skilled jobs” (jobs considered as you don’t have to have a particular special talent) instead of humans. For an example, cashiers, waiters and bus drivers could be replaced. It really clashes with the gig economy as you can see.
The one I chose to focus on is Automation.
A large opportunity for automation is that they are much more reliable. Take sick pay for a reason, a stat shows that across the UK an average person takes 6.9 days sick a year off whatever they are meant to be doing. Because they are not careful when the flu travels around the workplace, they take time off important things they NEED to do. And also this is a great way to expand your business, bosses! You do not need to be paying the monthly wages for your colleagues, why don’t you spend it on getting more space or getting the newest technology to help develop your business!
A major problem for this automation prediction is that during the Covid-19 pandemic, lots of people lost their jobs so we don’t want even more people to lose their jobs too because robots are more capable than them! People need jobs to give them something to do otherwise they get bored and lazy. People will have even less jobs to work at and we want to get as many people as we can getting paid a salary as possible. My final problem is that with robots you are not really interacting with humans at all. For an example, if you go to a restaurant but you are by yourself, you do not want to be talking to a robot but a man who is working there.
Why do people think the pandemic has been a turning point for work?
People may think that the pandemic has been a turning point because a lot more workers may have the freedom of working from home because the bosses may see how they do work at home because they were forced to in the pandemic. Bosses may have more belief in them. Another reason why others may feel like the pandemic has been a turning point is this pandemic may help the offices’ hygiene. There used to be the flu or colds and viruses travelling rapidly around the office but now the office could be much cleaner.
My interview: IIhan
Well, at first thought that when my brother and my father both got coronavirus, I thought I might get robots to help. But when I made an offer for anyone to want to help me, loads of people asked. So, I decided instead of getting really expensive robots that I would help others out and hire them instead.