With the onset of COVID 19, remote work is seeing its biggest moment. True, that there’s this feeling of déjà vu, and it feels like we’ve been down this is-remote-work-the-new-normal road before. We have – in 2009, after the Great Recession. But that, in retrospect, seems like a soft launch. What we’re seeing today is an acceleration into the future of work and learning.
The truth, as it stands now, is this.
We’ve reached that moment in history where a defining event causes seismic shifts in the way we live. COVID has been that event, so even after the flattening of the curve occurs, the world is unlikely to say, “ah well, glad it’s passed, now let’s get back to the way things were”. That’s not going to happen. Remote work is here to stay.
The question, then, to ask is this – how prepared are organizations for this radical shift? Not very. Many are finding the change hard. And while solutions are being sought to make remote-work technologically possible, there’s also an equal need to focus on the human side. It’s easier to get people to download Zoom than to understand the intricacies of their lives and solve those. But it’ll have to be done.