Work at home disruption creates once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

The coronavirus outbreak is resulting in a massive exodus from traditional offices and branches to a work-at-home reality. While this disruption creates significant stress, it also creates personal and professional development opportunities to learn, write, teach and connect with others.

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is creating an increasing number of telecommuters, most having never worked from home for any extended period of time. The adjustment to a new working routine will be disruptive initially, but it does present opportunities that many will not realize at first.

Sure, there will be a feeling of isolation, without the normal interaction that many experience in the office, at coffee shops, lunch counters, and retailers. It has been found that creativity may suffer as teamwork, collaboration and group interactions are impeded. Many will also need to adjust to working where spouses and children are also sequestered.

We don’t know how long this new reality will exist or how circumstances will change over time. This new future of work scenario is also very different for those who are healthy compared to those suffering from the symptoms of the coronavirus.

But, the new wave of stay at home workers aren’t alone. Even before the pandemic struck, remote work was increasing globally. In fact, the percentage of home-based workers tripled in the past 15 years, according to the Federal Reserve.

 

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