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What will the “new normal” look like after the coronavirus pandemic?
Georgia State University researchers conclude that as some companies retool how they do things, the future of many of the lost jobs is questionable.
Christopher Quinn, a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, discussed the report in a May 2, 2020, article.
“Artificial intelligence and automation have been eating away for years at jobs such as those in food and hotel services, retail trade, manufacturing and sales,” Quinn writes. The shutdown caused by the pandemic could hasten and expand that process, as the shutdown forces companies into new ways of doing things, he adds.
Concerns and mitigation tactics to slow the spread of the virus have inspired – forced – creative use of digital technologies in education, business, medicine and other industries, Quinn quotes from the GSU research.
To put it bluntly, some of the jobs lost because of the pandemic may not come back. Or, if they do, they may come back in different forms.
Though some restaurants, for example, allow customers to place their orders as they walk in, what if many, if not all, restaurants, allowed you to walk in, tap your order onto a screen, sit down and your order is brought to you.
To go even further, what if your order came to you via robot or drone?
There may be a person who greets you at the door as you punch in your order. But that person’s other job may be to disinfect the screen after each order is placed.
We’ve also discussed here before the idea of calling in your order from home, and it will be ready by the time you arrive. When you order, you can decide whether to eat it in or take it out.
Other industries, too, will rethink how they do things. For example, if you are in sales, and part of your job is to regularly visit clients in person, whether the clients want you there or not, you may find yourself doing more by phone or e-mail. That may certainly cut down the number of salespeople needed.
So, let’s evaluate your situation: can you see ways your employer could eliminate or lessen your job, while accomplishing the work you were doing?
If so, whether your employer sees it yet or not, it may be time for you to explore a different ways to make money.
How? Fortunately, there are a number of programs out there that can allow you to earn a potentially lucrative income without having a traditional W-2 job.
They can also allow you to work from home, or in person, depending on the situation.
To learn about one of the best such programs, message me.
The coronavirus is still with us, despite the relaxation of many of the life and work restrictions. The question becomes, what happens to you now? Will you have, or do you even want, the job you had prior to the pandemic? Or, will you take the opportunity to reassess how you want to spend the rest of your life?
No one wants to see pandemics, and certainly no one wants to get seriously ill. But they could offer a time for thought about where your life is, and where you want it to be.
To paraphrase an old adage, when a door closes, a window often opens. We, as people, have to notice the open window, and go through it to perhaps make our lives so much better.


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