Lessons from the edge: what a virus can teach us

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Lessons from the edge: what a virus can teach us

Corona-pocalypse 2020 is going to be an eye-opener. Here is our prediction of ways it’s going to give us a wake-up

Yolisa Mkele

In the wise words of some ancient Persian guy, “This too shall pass.” At some point in the near future we’ll all be at our offices sneezing on each other and wondering how a virus caused by drinking too much beer almost brought about the end of the world. As with any experience in life there are lessons that can, but often aren’t learnt, and Corona-pocalypse 2020 is bound to be full of them. Here is our guess at what a couple of those lessons are likely to be:

We really don’t all have to be at the office

Since the dawn of time, AKA whenever our grandparents were born, the concept of going to work has centred on the idea that one wakes up, puts on appropriate clothing and goes to the office. For a long time, and to a certain extent to this day, people have this idea that people who don’t dress like they just robbed the formal wear section at Woolworths and report to a desk on a daily basis, don’t have real jobs or are not really working. The open secret about office work however is that all of that is balderdash. If you’ve ever been in an office you will note that while work does get done, the majority of people spend their time faffing around on social media, nattering about what Johannes from accounting did and trapped in meetings that could’ve been e-mails. With Covid-19 forcing many of us to work from home, we are realising that not only can you get more done when you don’t have to spend two hours of your day in traffic, but that companies are paying an untidy sum of money for office space they don’t need...

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