It is still going to take decades until we can fully and properly assess how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the world, but there are some definite changes that one can already discern. One of those is how quick and widespread was the growth of working from home. Even there, however, the final judgment of what kind of a shift that became will need time to fully determine, but I think it is safe to say that it definitely started a serious trend of more people working from home than had before the pandemic.
Whether this is a good or a bad thing will depend on many things, most of them personal. Someone’s general personality could go a long way to determine whether working from home is a positive thing for them. Beyond that, different industries worked better in that environment, and even certain jobs within those industries were easier to transition to home than others.
With so much variance, maybe it is not surprising then that Forbes recently ran articles titled both “Why Working from Home Could Come to an End,” and “Why Working from Home Could Be Here to Stay.” I am not going to go into the merits of either article here, for frankly, there is probably significant amounts of truth in both viewpoints. What I do want to discuss about them, though, is the increased choice this gives people.
And that choice goes beyond the chances for more people getting a chance to work from home. This even extends to the businesses and services that we interact with. After all, even doctors have figured out ways to give the best care they can to patients through virtual appointments. That can remove a barrier for some people who should seek help to still do so without the anxiety that going to the doctor’s office causes. So if doing more virtually allows some people to get more done, that’s great.
This can also open business opportunities for some who may not have felt comfortable doing so before. It can be intimidating to think of what it could take to get a business off the ground. If you can figure out some ways for how to move some entrepreneurial ideas forward from your own couch, though, maybe that can help get you closer to your dreams than you were able to before.
Then again, maybe you are someone who thrives off face-to-face interaction and are finding the lack of in-person meetings to be stifling. There can be opportunity for business owners there, too, where you can make that desire and urge for closer personal ties your specialty.
Overall, what I think this should tell us is that questions do not need to have only one answer. And in fact, when they are allowed to have multiple acceptable answers, that may only provide more opportunity and more good for more people.
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