“COVID-19 pandemic gradually changed the way of our thinking and our everyday lives. The first positive moment is that we learned the culture of “being sick”. In Asia, many people were wearing a mask with the first symptoms of any flu long before the real pandemic hit the world. No handshaking, no going to work “to finish the urgent project”. The lives of the colleagues in the office, people on the buses, or at any store were always of the highest value for them. This culture finally came to us. From now on, no one will laugh at people sitting in a mask in a bus – this person protects himself/herself and protects YOU as well. I am absolutely sure, armed with the knowledge we have now, we will be less affected by any season flu that was coming each year.
Another positive moment is that we all became more creative. Businesses found, that their products may actually sell online and it may be profitable for all parties! As a small example, I may use the little shop in my home town Odesa that was selling the scale models of tanks and airplanes. These guys advertised their fast delivery and started shipping their kits to the customers within 1-2 business days. The number of orders was huge, and I, as a customer, discovered that I do not need to go to the center of the city and spend an hour on the road, while I can conveniently order what I need and get my delivery the next day. My hobby was saved!
The industry where I work also experienced a great revolution. Most of IT companies discovered that the work from home may bring great benefits. Well organized process may boost the team productivity and increase the inter-team communications. There were fears initially that the team will “burn out” after some period, that their motivation will decrease in time – nothing like this ever happened. By eliminating the time spent on the road to the office and back, setting the flexible schedule, and, most importantly, by keeping everyone busy at all times – worked like a charm. As the product manager, I feel that it is the future of software development (and not only). By the way, one more bonus of the remote work is the reduction of office rent expenditures. Is not it great?
The pandemic is hard, but it also teaches us how to overcome the hurdles, how to become better persons, how to make this world a better place.