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OPLIN 4Cast #687: Has the mold of work now been permanently broken?

Posted in telework

“How has work been for you, since the beginning of the pandemic?”

When people ask me this question, I regularly struggle with answering it. I’ve been working from home for over twelve years–long before #WFH became a hashtag. In my personal reality, little has changed; my co-workers have always been lines in a Slack channel. However, it’s clear that everyone else’s working sphere has undergone significant transformations. Not only that, some of these changes probably aren’t going away…maybe ever.

  • How has the pandemic changed working lives? [The Economist] “Surely, the lack of a commute at least means workers have more time to themselves? Alas, no, the researchers find. In a modern variant of Parkinson’s Law, working hours have expanded to soak up the extra minutes, and more. “
  • How the Pandemic May Change ‘Work-Life Balance’ Forever [Bloomberg] “Some are taking very different approaches to maintaining their worker-friendly reputation, but a consistent theme has been making sure employees take time off. Whether because they can’t go on a real vacation due to infection fears or they simply fear losing their job when tens of millions of Americans are unemployed, many employees just won’t stop working at a time when stress and burnout are likely off the charts.”
  • Here are the 3 biggest trends shaping the future of work [TheNextWeb] “Several common themes emerged, such as the importance of agility, flat communication and asynchronous workstreams. We’re all learning—and unlearning—new ways of working, and these three trends will likely shape the future of work. “
  • The Pandemic Has Permanently Changed the Way We Work [Governing.com] “The survey found that, for most Americans, the benefits of working remotely outweigh the disadvantages, citing mainly increased time and comfort when working from home. These benefits caused three-quarters of adults to say that they would like to work from home at least once or twice weekly, even after the pandemic has subsided.”

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