…and the Geek Shall Inherit

With all the COVID-19 information flooding the internet many companies are rethinking the traditional employment arrangement and considering alternatives. Where working from home used to seem like an introverts’ dream, this is fast becoming a new reality.

Working remotely solves a few problems for both employer and employee. Paycheck dollars go further when travel and professional wardrobe expenses can be dropped. Employers can reduce office space, utilities, and furnishings. While the pandemic is the catalyst, many employers are expressing that this new arrangement may be permanent—even when the virus is gone.

Who knows how this may play out in the future? While COVID-19 is not a positive event, perhaps we can move to a less workcentric life where parents can stay at home with their children and still make a paycheck, traffic jams become memory and we can work in our bathrobes. Those that can navigate technology competently will be in demand.

The good news is that technology is cheap now, if not free. The Google Suite is free, available everywhere and offers a tool for almost every task… except having your Docs read out loud (C’mon, Google!). If you don’t know how to use the apps and tools available online ask your local librarian, take a community college class or grab a teen.

In my mind, there are no good excuses to remain a Luddite. Think of life where suits are optional, no more rushed commute and coffee break time is when you need it. In the midst of a nightmare, this is the dream. Until then, wash your hands.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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2 Responses to …and the Geek Shall Inherit

  1. Marge Simon says:

    I, for one, applaud this new “reality” if it comes to be. Getting up at 5 am to go to work, driving in pitch blackness through long expanses of highway where you better NOT have to stop — I’d have loved that. But I was a teacher. If I could have taught kids art from home, that would have been very much my preference. Even more, I could record my lessons, not have to say them over and over, not have to deal with discipline problems, no interruptions!

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