The Future of Work

The pandemic has brought lots of problems to workplaces and how people work. Since April there have been lots of problems and opportunities for the gig economy, automation and remote working.

Gig economy refers to when people work for themselves or have multiple jobs and get paid the equal salary for all the jobs they have. For example someone might be a TA, a taxi driver and delivery driver on different days of the week.

Remote working refers to when people use technology to have meetings or learn. They might use online platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, or Microsoft Teams. Because of COVID-19, lots of people have been working remotely.

Automation refers to when machines and robots replace some jobs done by people. They will most likely replace “lower skilled” jobs like cashiers.

I will be focusing on remote working.

Some of the problems are: your electricity bills go up in money. Someone might be acting really stressed on a job interview and she/he might have 10 kids so the boss might think they're terrible for the job meaning you don’t know how they work.

Some of the opportunities are: no commuting means more free time, spending more time with family. You have more flexibility and fewer cars on the road means less car pollution.

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

*It has increased in remote working.(4 out of 10 in April 2020)

*Workplaces are more hygienic

How might the pandemic affect the predicted change you are focusing on?

*Increased the number of people working from home


Which of these skills are important for the future of work and why?

Problem solving is a very important skill because Natasha made her shop bigger so she could fit more people while spacing people out. This is an example of her doing something to solve a problem. She adapted her business.

Listening is also an important skill because you can hear the ideas of customers and colleagues.

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