Covid-19 has changed the way we work forever.
Here’s eleven random thoughts on how I see it changing in the coming years:
1. Job descriptions without a remote option available will be rare.
2. More and more tools designed to improve remote working will be developed. The tools we have now are only just the start. I’m shocked I only just started using Slack.
3. Teams will have to become intentional in their communication, as the ‘water cooler’ chats will disappear. In many cases it will feel like forced overcommunication, but it’ll be necessary to maintain team spirit.
4. People will question pointless meetings, but on the flip side, may crave more face time with their team.
5. The ability to write clearly will be a vital for everyone, because of a growing need to document, express thoughts and create ideas in the written word.
6. E-Commerce will continue to thrive in unimaginable ways. I’m excited to see what Jeff Bezos has up his sleeve for this sector.
7. Industries or sectors that are stuck in their (old) ways, en route to commoditisation, or filled with too many ‘me too’ services, will undergo serious disruption. Only a few will survive. Real estate strikes me as one in particular.
8. More companies will sprout up online than ever before. Yet, more companies than ever will shut down within a year of starting. There will be a lot of churn to allow the cream to rise.
9. Many markets and sectors will undergo a correction as they mature. I know my own sector, health and fitness, is on the cusp of this.
10. Every bricks and mortar business will have an online revenue stream.
11. People will work more hours than ever.