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Covid-19 and the future of remote working

Compiled by Kerry G. Johnson

E: kerry.johnson@ubalt.edu • Ph: 443.745.8228


CMAT 451 : WB1: Communication Technologies (Spring 2022)

Professor Julie Simon Grabill


Assignment #7:

Question: How has the covid-19 “work from home” environment changed the workplace and how have the daily communications within the workplace changed?

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The Covid-19 virus has changed the modern-day workplace in unprecedented measures. The workforce has been forced to adjust to the new employer/employee hybrid environment.

The first recordkeeping of the pandemic started around March 2021. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. What is a pandemic? By definition, a pandemic is an epidemic of an infectious disease that has spread across a large geographic region, multiple continents, and worldwide.


A Covid-19 Timeline

Credit: Yale Medicine.org https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/covid-timeline#:~:text=On%20March%2011%2C%202020%2C%20the,swiftly%20spreading%20around%20the%20world


The early days of the pandemic turned into weeks, then months, then years. Several governments leaders, medical professionals, organizations, and academic institutions believed the pandemic would be a temporary hiccup for the global workforce and economy. That has not been the case.


Working from home technology connections

The global pandemic economic crisis related to the pandemic resulted in opportunities for employers to create efficient and practical modes of communication with their employees.


Employers, workers, and their families had to conceive new working methods. In most cases, remote working was not a popular option for most employers, schools, colleges, and universities. However, the pandemic has forced employers to adopt more family-friendly “work-from-home” policies.


Online teleconferencing technology has advanced beyond the often slow and hard-to-use devices used pre-pandemic. Now, with most workers trying to maintain a safe and healthy workplace, it's not uncommon for organizations to allow their employees to work from home once, twice a week, or completely off-site.

 

The rise of online meetings and communications

https://www.pwc.com/us/en/library/covid-19/us-remote-work-survey.html

 

Is remote working effective?

To better understand the effectiveness of remote work, Airtasker surveyed 1,004 full-time employees – 505 of whom were remote employees – throughout the U.S. about their work habits and productivity. The results indicate that remote workers are more productive than their office-based counterparts. Highlights from the report:

  • Remote employees work an additional 1.4 more days per month than in-office employees, which is nearly 17 additional workdays a year.

  • Remote employees take longer breaks on average than office employees (22 minutes versus 18 minutes, respectively), but they work an additional 10 minutes a day.

For more results of the Airtasker survey: Visit this page: https://www.airtasker.com/blog/the-benefits-of-working-from-home/


What the future holds for remote working

Fast Company magazine predicts that remote work software such as Zoom, WebEx, and Google Meet will continue to be an essential component for employers and other organizations to use to have productive and efficient communications while managing remote or hybrid staff.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxDVucUZCnc

Video via YouTube: The Economist


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