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More than one year since the Covid-19 pandemic started, millions of people still don’t have their jobs back but millions more never stopped working. Healthcare companies, tech firms, and food manufacturing establishments have been working on increasing their workforce to meet the ever-rising demand during the pandemic.
As the demand for these jobs increased, so did some associated job trends. These resilient job trends will remain relevant, not just now, but long after the Covid-19 era has come to an end.
1. Employee Dehumanization
Right now, Amazon is facing a lot of backlash for not putting worker safety first during the Covid-19 pandemic. Apart from not paying employees enough in hazard fees, the company is also being accused of not putting enough measures in place to curb the spread of the virus within the business. Last year alone, over 20,000 Amazon employees reportedly got infected with the Covid-19 pandemic.
This humanitarian crisis has pushed some other companies into putting the well-being of the workers ahead of profit-making. Still, employee dehumanization remains the trend. People are desperate to keep their jobs and care for their loved ones so leaving their jobs without a safety net is hard.
2. Remote Work is Already the Norm
In March last year, Facebook announced that it intends to increase its remote workforce by 50% in the next few years. Twitter announced that remote work will remain the standard indefinitely. Many other companies have made the same decision and the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that remote work is possible in many industries.
Only the healthcare, food, and hardware manufacturing industries will require regular in-person attendance to survive. Other workers will not need to go to offices until it is necessary.
3. Job Training Will be Done Remotely
Just like remote work, online job training has surged significantly in the last few months. Post-Covid, it will continue to trend. Websites like Bootcamprankings.com and Computersciencehero.com are providing millions of people with useful online job training courses that will help them build their skills. Most courses on the two sites listed above are tech-related but there are many other sites for hands-on training and building transferable skills.
Some of these online courses are free while some are paid. As long as you have an Internet-enabled device, you can take your courses anytime and anywhere.
4. Decentralized Technology Will Become More Popular
One of the biggest disadvantages of digitization is the complete lack of privacy. Digital devices take note of every piece of information about you in the name of providing a more personalized experience.
Big tech firms like Google and Facebook are facing multiple lawsuits because of how they handle people’s data. The solution to most of the privacy challenges the world is currently facing over the Internet is decentralized technology.
Blockchain technology takes control of these tech companies and governments and gives it back to the people. Applications of this technology can be found in different sectors. Right now, the most popular application of blockchain technology is in the financial sector.
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have surged in price significantly since the pandemic started. This young industry is creating a lot of jobs and providing entrepreneurs with the financial stability they can’t find anywhere else.
5. Reskilling for Efficiency
Another popular trend that has remained resilient in this Covid-19 era is employee reskilling and life-long learning. It’s no longer good enough for people to get college degrees and start working. They have to be willing to reskill if they are to remain relevant in their respective fields.
Some of these reskilling programs are sponsored by employers while others are sponsored by employees. Those who were let go from their jobs because they became redundant had no choice but to learn new skills and return to the job market.
The five trends listed above are just a few of the many that have become popular in the Covid-19 era. Most of these trends were already in existence before the Covid-19 pandemic but the circumstances only made them more popular. Even when the pandemic ends, and it surely will, these trends will remain resilient in the future workplace.