Work after Coronavirus pandemic COVID-19
Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has disrupted the world’s economy more than any other reason in at least the last 70 years. Millions of people were pushed out of their jobs, while others had to work from home or under certain protocols in order to control the spread of the virus. With global attempts to produce effective vaccines and reach immunity to coronavirus, the world is trying to go back to normal. Is it possible? Not exactly.
The pandemic (COVID-19) forced companies to change their main behaviors very quickly. Remote work arguably is the deepest impact. Researchers suggest that in advanced countries, about 25% of the workforce could do their jobs from home after the end of the pandemic and their companies still produce what they used to -before 2020- when the quarantine began. This change can contribute many advantages, from saving electricity to improving traffic conditions. It also could change the distribution of populations, as both companies and individuals can shift from big cities into small ones.
Another major effect of the pandemic is that industries have realized human limits and restrictions, and now are starting to find alternatives. Giant companies are investing enormous money to develop technologies that can replace humans in workspaces. With large-scale automation, workforce should change their occupations rapidly, or they will lose their jobs. Workers’ redundancy might lead human communities to social and political upheavals.
The need for higher wages is also different from before the global quarantine. It is estimated that only 6% of workers in modern countries needed a new job with more income before 2020. After COVID-19, it might increase to 50%. Workers without a college degree, women, and minorities have been affected more compared to graduated workers, so they will have higher requirements for wage rises. In the United States, black workers will need to transition more than white workers, In India, people from lower casts will need promotion more than those from higher casts and in Israel, Arab citizens will need better occupations more than Jewish citizens. Is it easy to reduce discrimination? Absolutely not, though it will be a top priority for the post-COVID economy.