New Look Workplace, Even in South Dakota
The only thing we're really missing here today is a song from Alan Jackson to reflect what's going on. September 11, 2001, the world turned on its ear with the attack on New York. According to Encyclopedia Britannica;
September 11 attacks, also called 9/11 attacks, series of airlinehijackings and suicide attacks committed in 2001 by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda against targets in the United States, the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil in U.S. history.
Fast forward 19 years, yes 19 years and our country is under attack again, this time the attack comes from a virus. Coronavirus. There isn't much it hasn't changed. One thing that looks to be changing is where we work. Many people, if they are lucky to have a job (unemployment rates are at historic highs) are working at home. If you have a computer, a VPN [Virtual Private Network] in many cases you are able to work at home.
For example, I can access and essentially run a radio station from my home, or on the road. Technology gave us the potential to work at home and this virus pushed it over the edge.
Hey, it's break time, I think I'll walk the dogs. Now I don't have to drive home to do it. Just got done with lunch and need to get a few groceries? Jump away and do that quickly too. The lines have blurred. Sure, you still need to get the work done but when you do those tasks seem to be coming at different times.
There are many jobs that cannot be done at home but for the most part, they've morphed into something different as well. Restaurants are reopening with different seating to accommodate social distancing.
Even construction workers are finding ways to create some wagon room away from their co-workers. It's not just in the big city. My sister is working from her house in the middle of South Dakota. It's not a big city or big town thing anymore. If you have an internet connection you can work just about anywhere.
How about you? Has your job changed? Are you spending more time working at home?