It is the worst time in decades when half of the population of the world is under lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 virus. This has had a huge impact on the work-life of people which has further affected their mental and physical well-being. In other words, coronavirus has been the most significant, traumatic, and harsh experience in the daily routine. What is worse, it is hard to predict when this will end and we will get back to a normal routine. To cope with all the changed socio-economic and cultural surroundings, there will be a need for new rules at the workplace.
Health impact of the changes
The post COVID-19, the work-place might see the transformation into a virtual workplace. Health experts expect that on-the-job medical screening, such as temperature checks and other medical examinations to assure no positive person could affect others as the part of preventive measure would be essential for those who return to work in the months ahead.
As the pandemic has made people adopt digital platforms as part of work from home experience. More numbers of meetings, events of an organization will directly shift to the virtual model. Employees will shift their working patterns more towards work from the home approach rather than doing 9 AM to 5 PM jobs post-COVID-19. This virtual mode will reduce daily face-to-face interactions with co-workers and customers.
Perils of a digitised workplace
However, this new approach is part of the modern work-place to maintain the productivity of an organization. These changes may become difficult to adapt to for older employees whereas the younger employees of an organization may have an edge. There will be extensive use of digital communications, e-learning, blended learnings, webinars, and podcasts leads to reduced commuting. However, medical experts are wary of the consequences. Doctors say e-learnings can increase in this situation, but it will affect the learner’s psychology and may cause various neurological diseases in the future.
Currently, as many workplaces are now operating digitally. This has allowed employees mostly women to work as well as maintain family life balanced too. This modern work-place will aid a greater impact on women’s education as well as a career for a segment of employees who previously struggled to choose between family and career. This flexibility can create more equity at home for women as well men and allow them to spend more quality time with their families. Doctors say that work from home can increase computer use and impact the sleep cycle. Spending too much time on a computer will affect your sleep and suggest frequent breaks between screen time to save eyes and brain.