The Impact Of Covid-19 On Workspaces & Work Culture

Work from home or remote working is not an entirely new concept.

As Covid-19 or the Wuhan virus ravages through countries, industries, societies, and lifestyles, the world is learning to come out of the stagnation through innovation. We can neither ignore the virus nor live the pre-pandemic life. However, we need to move or at least plan for the evolving post-pandemic circumstances. The “new normal” is not normal at all.

Many people have lost their jobs, their livelihoods because of the pandemic. Why? Simply because establishments can no longer work in the same way.

Social distancing, constant hygiene maintenance, masks, gloves, stay-at-home orders are the norm these days (well — certainly autocratic states like Michigan and California). How will an office function if two people cannot work nearby? It appears a change is near, not only post-pandemic but also long after this crisis is over.

Working with the “New Normal”

Work from home or remote working is not an entirely new concept. However, there are an equal number of supporters for it as there are opposers. This pandemic is probably fast-forwarding an already evolving work culture. Many researchers and economists believe that it might be the right time to implement Schumpeter’s creative disruption theory.

The current scenario will change our lives and the history of the world we live in. How we think, how we do basic things, how we work, everything. How Schumpeter’s creative disruption can play a part in it can be simply explained by it’s definition. The world of work needs to change, and it needs to change now even if that means dismantling every longstanding, established practice in the workplace.

Something we’re seeing everywhere is improved virtualization. Every business needs to make the virtual world their friend. No congested office spaces, Zoom calls in PJs, and cooking with a side of the spreadsheet; this, a more balanced, albeit a bit unorthodox life is becoming popular. Plus, there’s no commuting, no need to buy expensive work clothes, no extra money spent on on-site storage or servers by the companies, no time wasted in coffee breaks, or gossip. So much time and money saved.

Some work needs manual labor, but most work doesn’t. People who work in offices, businesses that run on brain fuel do not need to work in these congested spaces. It is time for us to realize this and move towards a more sustainable, smart solution. Work from home is a part of the solution; the comprehensive solution could be more inclusive.

The Final Step

What did we learn then? The biggest realization in these times is that we should not fear change because change is inevitable. I am not saying this to sound philosophical, instead, if you look around, you will see this is the only truth.

The work environment is changing, for better or for worse, we should too.

Seasoned entrepreneur developing inspiring solutions to challenging sustainability issues. Founder & CEO of Rookieplay Inc.