'Tis the season! Time to lift our spirits and reflect on all that made the past year what it was. If you’re thinking about your upcoming holiday plans, at some point tradition will surely mandate binge-watching holiday classics new and old such as the famous 1990 film Home Alone. As we navigate through yet another year of the pandemic, Kevin McCallister is here again to teach us how to make the best out of a bad situation and thrive, not just survive.
In 2020, coronavirus pushed us into a form of isolation that exerted a tremendous effect on our mental and physical well-being. Although the learning curve was steep, we proved to be good at adapting, just like Kevin. Covid-19 slowed down many areas of our lives as well as the global economy, but it accelerated other aspects, such as digitalization.
It also set out to transform the world of work.
The pandemic triggered a mass social experiment in working from home (WFH). According to theestimates provided by VoxEU using household survey data for 31 countries for the second quarter of 2020, 557 million workers worked from home, accounting for 17.4 percent of the world’s employment. This seismic shift in working arrangements attracted no shortage of opinions about WFH.
However, regardless of the plethora of views concerning WFH, employees and companies had to make WFH work almost instantly. With Covid-19 and new pandemic waves still ongoing, companies, together with their employees, began shaping the future of working life that goes well beyond just remote working. One that looks at the nature of work itself.