With the unprecedented Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global crisis that is changing our society at the moment, anyone who thinks things will be back to normal ever again is sorely mistaken. Much like global repercussions have echoed through the world in the past, from 2001’s 9/11 and 2008’s economic crash, the world will be forced to change forever after these events.
For the first time, the world’s population has been forced to find a way to work from home or remotely without physical interaction. The repercussions will be a change in the way we work. Having been forced to do it initially, the world will find it’ll adapt in many cases quite easily. The baby steps have been thrust upon us and we’ll embrace and take them forward until we stride into a new economy where large portions of our workforce no longer partake in the daily commute or the 9 to 5 drudgery.
What has before been a side hustle or a way to make extra money or find part time work on the side will become the de facto way of doing business for many employers and employees.
Not only will it change the way full time employees work but it’ll bring on an economy where many employees are only hired on a specialised basis where their skills are needed.
Despite the obvious concerns of corporations abusing their power over part time or freelance employees, the world will adapt to make the internet the ultimate equalizer. Companies who take advantage of part time skills will find themselves increasingly on the out and left with fewer options, poorer quality work and ultimately an early demise due to lackluster performance.
Like so many industries touted to fail from the start in the gig economy, from car lifts to renting out bedrooms, the workplace too will adjust and inherently find the way to make the system beneficial to all parties involved.
It’s inevitable, all the current health crises has done is move this domination of the workplace forward a few years.