“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?”
In this pandemic, we have seen gig economy, remote working and automation everywhere. Also, people have had to isolate themselves to keep themselves safe and other people safe if they had Covid-19.This pandemic has made a lot of changes and in our everyday life and now many people don’t have to commute, making changes to the way people work.
The gig economy means that people will either have multiple jobs or they may work for themselves e.g they might be a taxi driver and a cleaner.
Remote working means that people will use online platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams to work from wherever they want to.(4 out of 10 people were remote working during the pandemic in April)
Automation means that machines and robots will replace ‘low skilled’ jobs which are done by people today.
The problems of automation
The problem for automation is that more people will lose their jobs and the customers won’t experience human interaction in restaurants and if you are lonely then a human will keep you company because a robot doesn’t have feelings.
The opportunities from automation
The opportunities for automation are that the customers won’t get sick and the owner of the shop/restaurant won’t have to pay them but when you have people working at your shop/restaurant you will have to pay them.
Why might some people think the pandemic is a turning point for work?
It might be a turning point for work because they will have to work from home and they won’t get socialised properly.
My opinion is that automation is the worst out of gig economy, automation and remote working because it takes away people's jobs. Remote working is the best because it helps people not get the virus as they work from home and they might get a lot of work done at home with less distractions.