Agree or disagree, 2020 & 2021 will forever be known as the years of the pandemic. However, the COVID-19 is not ready to plummet so quickly – it is still surprising the world with new variants. So, if you say 2019, the time before the pandemic, was normal, then the term ‘normal’ has redefined itself. The new normal is a state of living where people are cautious and learn how to live with COVID-19, the deadly virus. Though daily life has transformed drastically, we are adjusting to the ‘New Normal’ living norms.
How to define the new normal in terms of living?
Change is undoubtedly unforeseeable; it could transform your living habit at any time. Any environmental disaster could force humankind into such circumstances where adaptation to the new habitat is the only option left for the species. Maybe not to the extent, but change has occurred in our lives due to the catastrophic effect of the Corona Virus.
The most bizarre situation is that we have accepted our life with masks, sanitisers, and social distancing. Yes, for two years, we travelled less or restricted ourselves from it; we prioritised safety rather than any celebration. By following norms, our lives somehow come back on track. The fact is crystal clear; we are enjoying the fruits of the sacrifices we made during the COVID years. Now, measuring the current scenario adapting to the new normal has become easier for humankind, as it is the same as the old one.
How to define the new normal in terms of professionalism?
How normal is the new normal? If you think from a professional perspective, you can finely differentiate between your old life & new one. All of a sudden, when the entire world shut down, we witnessed a severe impact on the career sector. The massive layoff accelerated the unemployment rate in the job market. Due to the scarcity of the workforce, companies were increasing the workload per employee, causing exacerbated effects on them. In both ways, the job market was trembling. Challenges were staying ready for both employees and employers.
One of the major drawbacks organisations faced during lockdown was allowing employees to work from home. Not all organisations were ready to shift into work from home plan. That created hustle for all, majorly affecting the organisations that were unwillingly going with the flow. However, it was reflected in several scenarios that working from a home job is possible; many organisations shifted entirely to working from anywhere mode. The benefits were as follows,
- Less use of office space reduces the entire cost
- Productivity increased
- Get more time with family
- People can work from anywhere with good internet and a laptop
- Less stressed working environment
- And the list goes on…
When the fear of pandemics gradually eases, companies are willing to call their employees back to the office following the new normal rules. But, after two years of continuous work from home, the majority of the employees are not ready to return to the office. They want flexibility in the work culture. So, the entire working system has been redefined and adapted in accordance with the employees’ benefits.
The solution was the hybrid work culture. Now, most companies are willing to nurture a hybrid work culture, giving employees more flexibility. Understanding the circumstances creates a strong bond between employees and employers, leading to stability and loyalty to the organisation.
Mass layoff, followed by resignation:
The pandemic was an eye-opener for the job industry, where skills became more valuable than any other stars on your CV. Organisations were seeking skilled professionals to achieve their business goals.
When scarcity of workforce resulted in boosting the hiring process, the criteria for the hiring process were curated, focusing on experienced & skilled professionals. So, the employees, who were losing their job due to the pandemic, started developing new skills to compete in the job market. After a year, the new normal job market was flooded with skilled and talented professionals.
One pandemic indeed led the market to the ground; that pandemic made everyone realise the importance of skills. The more skills you have, the more offers you will receive on your plate. Now think of a person who was stressed out for having no job, now having multiple offers in hand with a better pay scale. Since employees see more opportunities, they tend to leave their current organisations seeking more recognition, work flexibility, and a better pay scale. That also led the mass resignations.
Currently, the new normal life of a professional has normalised. It took two years getting things to fall under favourable circumstances. Together, as humans, we will overcome challenges.
If we talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the post-pandemic era, the list will never end. People have different perspectives when coping with the situation. You must have enjoyed working from home, but also some people are happy to go back to the office. So, whether it is workation (working while enjoying vacation) or vacation, our life has changed upside down since Covid-19 happened. Life after a pandemic is not easy, but it is not difficult. It is all about acceptance. We have accepted our current situation and adjusted to the new normal.
So, what is your view when you think of the post-pandemic situation? How are you adjusting to the new normal – is it hard, or do you find it the same as 2019? Share your side of the story of living in the new normal using #aprilsbestread & #tpscontest and get an opportunity to win up to 2500 reward points. Time is ticking. Phase One will be closing soon. Click here to participate now!
Пандемия навряд ли скоро отступит и поэтому работодатели должны организовывать удаленную работу, где это возможно. Там где нельзя- следить за санитарией, предпринимать профилактические меры Меня пандемия обошла стороной, но в семье переболели. Осложнений не было, пока что!
Pandemic has created a lot of theift in us and its finally good to get out of it
Quite interesting blog article and great time indeed of passing through pandemic era and challenges coming after for people left ,thanks for the thoughtful article. # Aprilsbestread #tpscontest
loved this!!! #aprilsbestread & #tpscontest
Even if the pandemic is still around, we got to learn to cope with it.
The onset of covid 19 was sudden and the impact was massive. The changes were rapid and abrupt, the time to plan or accept the changes was limited. The economic impact was negatively steady and there was need to adjust to what was termed as the ‘new normal’.
Personally, as a health worker it was tough, we had less time to scientifically shift our focus to the new development, learn new approaches, eliminate the risks of infection and protect our loved ones from exosing them. Unfortunately for me there was no option of working from home, i had to face the monster and was caught 3times in the wrong side of it but managed to emerge even more stronger. Lost family and friends in the process.
Take home message; the new normal has taught me a great deal in infection prevention, financial and economic preapredness and planning, being close to family and always supporting them, being dynamic and versatile in coping with unexpected situations and above all help those who really need our support.
This is nice and true. Though it is not at easy to adjust but gradually we are adapting to the new normal.
This is one of the best piece I have read this month.
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I realised the the life become normal.
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biz evdeyken yiyeceğimizi köleler mi üretecek Nakita?
Very Informative post indeed.
Everyone wants a normal life. After a pandemic, everyone wants to be happy.
I realy wait for a new day free from the pandemic.
We wish for the best for the world.
Biasa saja tidak perlu terlalu berbahagia..karena ini semua situasi yg b pasti
Excellent survey website and very good
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Amazing write up by Ankita.
Compared to the other parts of the world Nigeria was mildly hit by COVID-19 pandemic, although business activities were restricted at some point. I think since we are heavily dependant on imported goods that’s why there’s increase in price of goods generally in the market post pandemic. Personally as a way of adapting to the new normal I do practice social distancing and avoid overcrowded areas.
As a student academic activity had been disrupted during the pandemic but since 2020 November school have been open
Technological innovations have also helped in the post pandemic era.
New Normal has diverse perspectives in terms of region, people, etc. Thank you for enlightening the panel station community on Nigeria’s situation. Every part of the world is struggling to overcome the pandemic. We wish for the best for all to cope with the new normal situation.
Valued! #aprilsbestread #tpscontest
life after the pandemic is getting better and soon will be back to normal and a lot to look forward to #aprilsbestread #tpscontest
I love this wonderful ideas in the life after COVID-19
I love this wonderful ideas in the life after COVID-19
Technological innovations has helped greatly in this post pandemic era
This article has it all. It wasnt easy to most organisations to adapt to the new normal. It was also an eye opening for people to go digital because physical interactions were minimal hence digital marketing and online was the way to go. I came up with ways of adapting to the economic clashes atleast to have sth to cling on. #aprilsbestread #tpscontest
Event of COVID-19 have brings a lot of transition in the ways we do things; talking of work life, greetings, communication and relating. Good!