How will lockdown change the world of work?
It’s two weeks into lockdown. Life has consisted of stressing about my business, worrying about the health of my extended family, looking after my young kids, working when I can and experiencing a feeling of general helpless. The illusion of control has been firmly ripped from underneath us.
In between all of that, a friend sent me an article by Yuval Noah Harari. Within it was the following passage:
“Emergencies fast-forward historical processes. Decisions that in normal times could take years of deliberation are passed in a matter of hours. Immature and even dangerous technologies are pressed into service, because the risks of doing nothing are bigger. Entire countries serve as guinea-pigs in large-scale social experiments. What happens when everybody works from home and communicates only at distance? What happens when entire schools and universities go online? In normal times, governments, businesses and educational boards would never agree to conduct such experiments, But these aren’t normal times.”
“What happens when everybody works from home and communicates only at distance?”
I can’t get this out of my head. How is this large-scale social experiment going to shape the future of work?