“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?”
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought lots of changes to the way people work. Since the first lockdown changes have occurred to the gig economy, remote working and automation. Some of which have been more affected than others and some have been positive outcomes and others not.
The gig economy is a way for people to have more than one job and be more flexible. An example of this is someone could be a taxi driver and a cleaner and this is better for parents as they can take time to be with their children.
Remote working was used a lot during the coronavirus pandemic as people were working from home because they couldn’t go to work. People used online platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams to have online meetings. As a result of this, many people have chosen to work from home rather than go into work.
Automation can be when AI (Artificial Intelligence), robots or machines take over “lower skilled” jobs. An example of this could be: a robot could serve customers or a drone could deliver packages for companies like Amazon.
Over the Coronavirus lockdown people used remote working a lot but a problem with this was that electricity bills went up as people were using their technology a lot. People used different AI like Alexa or Google home to order food or to talk to if they felt lonely.
It has increased the amount of people remote working has increased (4 out of 10 people were working from home April 2020) and it has also made workplaces more hygienic.