Future of Work
At this point in time, around half of the working class in the Philippines is used to working from home. For the past few months, most have used countless Zoom and Skype calls, making Dalgona Coffee in between and trying to maintain composure in the face of uncertainty.
How will our job change in the future? Some changes may be temporary until a vaccine is developed, while some changes may be permanent.
In a country like the Philippines, these changes are hard. As a labour-intensive country, most work is done manually. Most people are not used to utilizing modern technology as a tool for business.
Here are some ways that our job may change due to COVID-19:
1. Get used to working from home
This won’t apply to every job, especially in the manufacturing sector, but it seems that people can be productive working from home.
The IT sector has the option to continue a work-from-home policy. If people have an option to work from home, they will grab the opportunity even after the lockdown is lifted as most feel safer this way.
However, not all people have the means like internet, computer, and communication allowance to do so. This setup also minimizes people from going outside, hence minimizing the further spread of the virus.
2. Get used to being monitored
Productivity is always a top priority even when work from home policy is being implemented. Companies may increase monitoring efforts on their employees to ensure productivity.
Productivity can still be measured and tracked even at a work from home set up. For instance, a daily record or list is required by employees to provide a list of target and goals every day. This way, superiors can check the daily activity of their people and if the job is done or if help is needed to finish a goal.