November 23, 2020 Jo

The New Normal is Here to Stay! Embrace it!

This has been a helluva year. Let’s put it that way. But 2020 is coming to an end and with a vaccine on its way, we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Does that mean that we can go back to normal? Maybe! Does it mean we should? Perhaps not. Not when it comes to work, anyway!

I was wondering when working parents and others would start a revolution for more flexibility. Turns out evolution took care of it instead. Lockdown has proven a few things:

  1. Jobs can be done from home, if necessary.
  2. You don’t need to physically shake someone’s hand to win their trust.
  3. Working remotely improves your productivity.

According to a study made by Global Workplace Analytics, more than two-thirds of employers have seen increased productivity among their remote workers. Those are some amazing statistics!  Another proof for the new normal being here to stay is that people are moving out of the cities and into the countryside as well as smaller towns. Why overpay for a house/apartment when your job can be done from home?

 

Change is here – Embrace it!

There seems to be no reason as to why the workforce should go back to its old ways of stuffy offices and strict timetables. Commutes are a thing of the past and pencil skirts can be swapped for pyjama bottoms, yet a lot of people hate it, apparently! Being stuck at home can get very lonely and uncomfortable if you use your bed or sofa as desk. That is why I am urging you to embrace the new normal. After the pandemic is over we are still likely to be working from home. So invest in a proper desk or home office. Make an effort to pencil in social interaction with friends after work hours so you don’t get lonely.

As technology keeps improving, Zoom meetings and chats will feel more natural, but the biggest change is yet to happen in our minds. As someone who has been working remotely more or less my whole life, it can totally feel like “normal”, or “natural”, or however you may see it. It’s about getting used to it.

Rosie the Riveter is an icon we link to change and progression. Back then, women doing “men’s work” was seen as a last resort to save the economy as men were going out to fight a war. “Desperate times call for desperate measures,” it would have been called. Those were some atrocious times, but they did pave the way for women in the workforce. And now, 80 years later we find ourselves again at a scary time yet again. This pandemic has taken a lot from us, but it has also pushed us out of our comfort zone and into a new era of increased flexibility and opportunity. So let’s end this post with a quote:

“There’s always an opportunity with crisis. Just as it forces an individual to look inside himself, it forces a company to reexamine its policies and practices.” – Judy Smith

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