A re-evaluation of what’s important
While undeniably, there will be changes to working practices, on the other hand, there will also be a large group of people who’ve felt trapped in their homes who will relish the chance to get back into the familiar office environment they knew and enjoyed. They will want to deal with people face-to-face as much as possible in future – with a newfound appreciation.
This appreciation for what’s really important will also apply to the rest of our lives. Liverpool FC legend Bill Shankly’s famous quote, “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I can assure you it is much more important than that,” used to ring true to millions of sports fans. It now sounds absurd. The crisis has forced a re-evaluation of society’s hero worship of football players, sports stars and celebrity culture, and given us all time to pause and reflect on the things we should really value in life.
Post-pandemic there will also be a new appreciation for critical workers such as doctors and nurses and those critical in helping to keep the essentials of society functioning, such as refuse collectors, retail workers, and transport workers. These jobs, previously classed as low-skilled or low value, have turned out to be some of the most important in every country.