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. Those who master technology master the future.
Until then, wash your hands.