When I started this website in mid-2019, I had no idea the “Future of Work”, employee benefits, and our world would be so impacted by the global pandemic, COVID-19. My thoughts and focus were on the impact technologies such as automation, AI, mobile, robotics, digital biology, blockchain, global gigabit networks and others would exponentially grow and change the nature of work. Little did I think about or know how a global pandemic, an invisible enemy, would amplify the technology changes that are sprinting ahead.
A week ago, I commuted to the office. I also worked from home, held meetings with clients, colleagues and partners, booked travel, planned for upcoming conferences, ate lunch at the restaurant in our lobby, held a budget meeting and was onboarding a new client. My older children were off at college, my youngest was more than halfway through Junior year in High School, my wife was managing the Westborough Girl Scout cookie sales program, and I was looking forward to spring, golf, volunteering, gardening, graduations and a whole host of other activities.
This week I’m fighting for Wi-Fi bandwidth with three children doing online learning after being sent home from high school and college. My wife Pam and I are trying to figure out how to have five separate “home offices” for our family- three of whose lives have been uprooted from forces beyond their control.
Through technology, we are better prepared to be more productive working from home with networks in the cloud, video meetings, social media tools. How many more times have you checked Facebook or LinkedIn in the past week? How many online meetings have you participated in? Played Zoom Bingo yet?