As I get over the hump in another week of online teaching, I have had some time to reflect and wonder what will come of all this. I don’t mean the virus and the impact prolonged social distancing will have. We may change our social habits, but we will still want to be social. I was thinking more about work.
If you have had to transition to working from home, you may find it frustrating and not particularly appealing. I know that I don’t. I don’t miss the commute, though I no longer have weird and wonderful people to write about. That was a big part of my blog. Being stuck on a commuter bus definitely required some grasping at positives to make the journey less awful.
The thing is, once you’ve proven that working from home is possible, will they want you to come to work? The company could save on office space and other overhead costs. Maybe this is the new norm.
Being thrust into a new situation probably forced us to learn new skills and new techniques. While stressful, this is not a bad thing. And if you went to work and stared at a computer screen at your desk, then this isn’t much different.
I am used to teaching in a classroom and interacting with students a bit differently. I didn’t spend my time staring at a screen, but rather looking at the students faces for signs of comprehension or confusion. It isn’t as easy on screen, but I may have to get used to it. This might be the future.
Who am I kidding. This is the present for lots of people. I have been hearing about online tutoring jobs for Chinese students for the past couple of years. I never looked into it because I wasn’t interested. However, a new source of income might be needed.
I ramble on because I am reflecting on my job and wondering how it will all turn out. When I started writing I was thinking about how the nature of work is rapidly changing and might not change back…then I seemed to get a bit sidetracked and wound up here. I guess that isn’t much different from the way things are for all of us.
If you have been transitioned to working from home during this time, I would like to hear about your experience and what you think will happen in the future.