“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?”
This pandemic has brought many changes to the world and how differently people work. Since April, there has been massive turning points to the gig economy, remote working and also automation. Some of which have been opportunities and some problems.
The gig economy refers to people getting multiple, different jobs or working for themselves e.g. you could be a taxi driver and a postman at the same time. It could also give you flexibility, if you have scheduled times you are working different jobs.
Remote working is when you work from home or wherever you want to meet with colleagues or classmates. Some examples are zoom or Microsoft Teams. You could use a laptop or computer to see others since we cannot socialize. During lockdown, as school pupils we had to use Google Classroom online because of this.
Automation refers to people using technology like machines and robots to replace “low skilled” jobs done by humans. If this happens some jobs will be lost like a cashier, waiter, or waitress.
A change I would like to talk about is remote working. Some problems if you are remote working are that you may not have a computer and you may have a hard time interacting with people especially if they are new and you have not met them in person before. Your electric bill might increase, and you may not want that to happen because you will have to spend loads of money on your electric bill.
In April 2020, 4 out of 10 people are remote working due to the Covid-19 pandemic and so less people are working in offices. However there are opportunities from remote working, like spending even more time with friends and family and there is no commuting required. Also, you have more free time than you had before and the best thing is, you have a less chance of getting a virus or disease. I think that remote working will endure in the future because nowadays, people use it so much that they might continue in remote working.
This has been a turning point for different people because now, workplaces are more hygienic and have increased more remote working. Remote working has really made more and more people work from home.
In the future, it is predicted that automation will occur and maybe robots would actually take the jobs of humans. For the future of work, I think that it is important for workers to listen as they can hear ideas of colleagues and creativity because they can use that creativity to make up ideas and work hard for the world, the customers and themselves. Although these are important, problem solving is needed e.g. if you need to solve a problem at school or at work, you need problem solving or you won't solve the problem.