The year is still virgin and we have dreams for 2021. We acknowledgement that 2020 was a difficult year. We need to do things differently to recover what we were unable to achieve last year and maximize on this New Year. To achieve this milestone there are a few aspects that need to be considered since it seems Corona seem not to go away.
Never the less, For the past n10 months, we have all experienced and even endured life under the shadow of the COVID-19 threat. And, I would say that we have endured it admirably well and have even learnt to carry on with our lives, treating it as a new kind of learning experience. Yes, we have learnt a good many lesson from it.
For instance, we have learnt that it is not absolutely necessary for every one of us to be present at our workplaces except for those doing some kind of physical work. In discovering this, we have also realized that it was perhaps not really necessary to build our gargantuan software parks all over the globe at such astronomical costs. We have seen that more than ninety percent of our software workforce is able to work from home, admirably well.
Many of our software professionals who have to frequently present themselves smartly at many virtual interactions and meetings have come to realize, a little painfully, that all the expensive suits they burnt their money on were not necessary at all. I say this because they could have managed to save almost half the cost of their suits by going in just for the jackets. Yes, that is what is seen of them in at all their virtual meetings now and it does not matter at all what they wear or even do not wear below their waistlines!
I am not joking but the truth is that many of them whom I know very well, have told me that they work in their pajamas or even shorts after ensuring that they wear a different jacket and tie for every new meeting!
With this being the case, expensive shoes too are now completely out of their shopping baskets. Below the line of sight of their laptop cameras some of them could very we’ll be cutting vegetables or kneading dough to facilitate the running of their households!
We have all learnt that we can enjoy the same restaurant food that we used to relish so much, now far from the maddening crowd, in the safety and tranquility of our own homes or work places. And, we have come to realize that it can in fact be a more relaxing and enjoyable experience too! Moreover, I vividly remember when I sold this idea to some client 2 years ago. I was dismissed for stating the current reality.
My concern by then there was little space and not accessible.
Most of the work was data feeding related.
We should thank COVID-19 2019 for the new reality although this is still a major tribulation for persons with disabilities.
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Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
“excellence of making inclusion happen”