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Recently, I received an email invitation about writing an article on remote work amid coronavirus outbreak. As a person in the IT industry who still does much work in a traditional face-to-face way, that led to my interest in the topic, resulting in a presentation I have done privately discussing a way the pandemic has changed our lives and how I personally cope with it career-wise by getting equiped with desired skills on remote-work marketplaces.
The article on which this presentation is based is available on Medium at the below URL:
Problem – Coping with Remote Work, the New Normal
A wise person once said the only constant is change – have you noticed what has changed during the pandemic?
Lately, people in certain parts of Asia are joking typhoon leave* (weather and safety leave) will change. It will no longer be a thing due to the boom of communication technologies such as Slack, Zoom and Microsoft Teams, which turned remote work into the new normal – you and I may still need to work like usual as long as the Internet is not broken.
*While typhoon can be devastating and affect safety of people, there are also people who are less affected and they may still be entitled to weather and safety leave (called typhoon leave in certain parts of Asia), where they can take a rest.
Coincidentally, before the pandemic, Satya Nadella, the current CEO of the tech company just mentioned, had a news article of him discussing about an alternative view on work-life balance – work and life should be harmonized, coining the phrase "work-life harmony", where work and life are more like a mesh instead of balance. Interestingly, this will likely turn out to be true too in the post-pandemic era, as the pandemic has opened people's eyes to what is possible with remote work even after the pandemic passes.
However, people may not be familiar with remote work – not many industries or companies adopted the remote-work model before the pandemic. As remote work gets more and more popular, in the post-coronavirus era, people will be able to obtain remote jobs more easily than face-to-face ones, only if they are equipped with remote-work skills. So how should one cope with that? Here is a way I recently experienced due to my desire to explore and improve my remote-working skills.
Solution – Remote Work Marketplaces
Have you heard of remote work marketplaces like Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer.com, etc.? These are online freelancing platforms which provide the service of matching freelancers with businesses. They became popular amid COVID-19 due to the lockdown and some companies laying off employees for cost-cutting outsourcing options. Many these platforms saw a surge in traffic during the pandemic.
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