Everything is going virtual
Social distancing measures and more stringent workplace safety restrictions have reduced our social interactions to our mobile devices. Telecommuting, although not a new concept, is pretty much the new industry standard now. Video conferencing and streaming platforms such as Zoom, Facebook Live and Twitch have seen an exponential increase in user acquisition since the virus outbreak.
Many of us have also come to realise that most face-to-face meetings are not essential. After all, why spend hours in a meeting room with no clear agenda when you can confine your weekly updates to emails and brainstorming sessions to video calls?
For better or worse, work life as we know it will be confined to the constraints of our mobile devices indefinitely. And It’s not just work meetings. The pandemic has also affected our personal lives. Social gatherings, dating and even DJ live sets have gone online.
WFH, yay or nay?
With circuit breaker measures still in place, non-essential businesses are required by law to have their employees work from home (WFH) indefinitely. For some, working from home is ideal. It offers flexible work timings and work-life balance in the comfort of your own home.
But for others, not so much. Although only a small number, some employees have reported that they’d rather not WFH after the circuit breaker measures are lifted; citing productivity issues.
The new “norm”
With two schools of thought – one for and one against WFH – that begs the question. What will the workplace situation look like post-pandemic? Well, some say the likelihood of life going “back to normal” after the circuit breaker is slim to none.
If that’s the case, how can we adapt to the new status quo? For starters, old-school businesses that rely on brick and mortar establishments, as well as word-of-mouth recommendations, have to “get with the programme” or risk going bankrupt.
Employees, on the other hand, can and should take this “downtime” to stay relevant. Take online courses, upgrade your skills and beef up your portfolio. It’s no guarantee, but it gives you a much higher chance at surviving this ordeal.