Transit workers announced one historic strike in New York City on April 1, 1980. It paralyzed the entire city while enforcing the system to find out new ways to reach the workplace. That strike continued for 11 days, and after that, urban commuting routines substantially altered.
Even today, we can see some outcomes of that strike on our work behaviors. So, we can imagine what this extended coronavirus lockdown may bring to our life. The months of new work settings and new work exposure during a pandemic may re-engineer the way people used to work, travel, investigate, and socialize.
Remote work may be the “new normal.”
The concept of remote work was not widely adopted before pandemic; even people need to give a solid justification to work from home. But this extended lockdown has announced it a new normal. This sudden outbreak of Covid-19 led to a physical relocation of employees from overly crowded central office buildings to more comfortable and peaceful home offices. The teams have also learned to stay organized and coordinated over distance.
This trend may create new opportunities to shift from static organizational structures to more productive and dynamic team formations. Moreover, if the organizations and employees find it better to work from home after the pandemic, a considerable level can reduce the carbon footprints. Work from home jobs may contribute to reduced traffic congestion, healthy air to breathe for everyone, and open parking spots. This chain of consequences may help to build a healthy urban environment.
Small disruptions leading to long-lasting impacts
Experts in the financial sector have predicted that this coronavirus pandemic will change the way we live whole revolutionizing the financial markets for the coming years. Personal habits have considerably changed due to the pandemic. And the best part is that our society has learned many useful things, like managing personal hygiene levels, following healthy life practices, and enjoying their hobbies. The chances are that people will follow this trend even after lockdown. The simple trend of shaking hands with any stranger we meet on the way will be changed because people will be aware of the transmission of some infections and germs, leading to serious disease. This time has evolved some new gestures for greeting, and these accelerated changes may stay in our life after pandemic as well.
Routine work experiences will change.
This pandemic has given people more time to rethink their priorities and set up new patterns for collaborations. Before this lockdown, you might have experienced the overload of meetings and unlimited emails running out of your mailbox. In those scenarios, you never had time for yourself. The sudden shift to work from home trends, even after inherent challenges, has created new opportunities to set up new schedules and make efforts to accomplish them. And when people are internally satisfied, they are also paying more attention to work productivity levels.
Moreover, commercial setups and planning measures will also change with this new routine. People have identified things that caused more financial burden on them at earlier times. And after pandemic also, they are going to avoid them. This will add more liquidity to finances post-crisis.
In short, this pandemic has given us a new way to live life; and that is healthy.