Editorial: Are we overcoming the corona crisis?
2020 has, without a doubt, been a challenging year indeed! But through these adversities, we have rediscovered what is important to us.
Connection, contact and freedom are what we all crave. Many of us have realised that it is not the material things that are the most important, but interpersonal relationships and social interaction. If we stick together and help one another mentally, physically and emotionally, we will get through the crisis and emerge stronger.
COVID-19 is changing our future right now. We have adapted to embracing new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, and new ways of living, such as working from home and virtual communication. Many of us are now realising how easy and convenient it is not to have to commute to the office every day. We had to quickly become familiar with various technologies that allow us to work remotely, train ourselves and utilise our free time at home. Employees, the self-employed, teachers and students alike have had to learn to use online platforms.
What COVID-19 showed us is that working and learning from home is not only possible, but also practical. As we recover from the pandemic, many companies will choose to have employees and freelancers work from home, at least in part.
This will also have an impact on the property sector, for example. As businesses have fewer employees in their offices and some small businesses may never recover, the commercial real estate market is likely to shrink. On the other hand, apartments that are in beautiful locations and have fully equipped home offices could become more desirable.
The transportation sector, including the automotive and aerospace industries, will also be affected by the changes. With fewer people commuting to work or school every day, some transport infrastructure projects may no longer seem as necessary as they had been pre-Covid.
In the last few weeks we have made technologies our own that represent the entry into the ´future of work´. There will be more flexibility, more online platforms and increasing collaboration thanks to the new possibilities.
We haven´t defeated the coronavirus yet, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe we will be in a stronger and better position after the crisis than ever before. Let us continue to support Australians and work towards a brighter future for all.
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This article was published in the Australia Freelance Market News 10/2020.