The future of work in a post-pandemic world

ABC News’ Linsey Davis discusses the future of work with LinkedIn chief economist Karin Kimbrough, as companies decide what offices will look like after the pandemic.
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This week we're taking a look at what the future may look like in a post pandemic world across many aspects of our lives. As states move to more fully reopened today we examine what the new normal might be for the office. And the future of work. Across all industries and trades the pandemic a bend in the working world. C corona virus pandemic that has much of the US and the world. While locked out governor Andrew Cuomo extending the State's work from home more so it may be a while yet before many of us are allowed to return to our places of. Crowded cubicles and conference rooms switch to Zulu chants virtually overnight but is more people take their vaccines in the Kobe cases continue to plummet. The future of work could soon be at a crossroads. While many essential workers who tirelessly putting in hours on the job throughout the pandemic will have little change in lifestyle. Many corporations are beginning to revisit what a working world post pandemic looks like. According to link in nearly 25% of all applications on the site in late April and may of 20/20 one were for remote jobs. A 7% increase from last year. Companies like Twitter announcing that they'll continue to allow employees to work from home permanently. While other companies like Citigroup Microsoft and Google have announced a hybrid models a mix of work from home and the office for their employees. I think it's quite possible over the next five to ten years. Own about 50% of our people. I could be working remotely. But say it's time to hang up the pajamas in come back to the office full time. JPMorgan CEO Jamie died down about careful my zooming and I judges think your just. I'm from don't with the but as the sights set on the future of the workplace the statistics from the past year are hard to ignore. They're still nearly seventeen million people on unemployment and some eight point two million jobs have still not recovered from before the pandemic among the hardest hit. Women more than two million left the workforce during the pandemic in what's been dubbed the. She session there was not enough time gains from each unique to name means French children. And Miami it's practice she meets. Our economy cannot fully recover. Unless women can participate fully and it's a national emergency. And it demands a national solution. To discuss future of work I sat down with Karen Kimbrough chief economist at linked Ian. So Karen. Since it what you feel like the new normal in the workplace is going to be. I think going forward and employers are looking at ways to bring directly back into the op tests many companies are you know hoping to. I'll be back office at some eight and follow. And I think what it means ultimately is that there will be more flexibility in the workplace and there is what is pre pandemic. But probably not as much as a full remote story overall experience seeing still right now we find our members want to go back. They want to either colleagues want to collaborate. So what does it mean for the people who leg and left the cities and went to the suburbs and even left the state feeling like hey I can do my job just as effectively across the country so large it. Depends by industry and for people IT for people who migrated and by the way we did a lot of migration. During the pandemic. To the suburbs as you Xiamen deep also. Big cities to smaller cities. I think some that may be their day Ole. Should lose he'll look for. Placer it was more affordable had workspace or in some cases on the heels who are now at that age where there settling down and having children and are looking. Forward just got more suburban experience I wouldn't call time on city I do you think the current it's cyclical. And and when you look at the city's that's where a lot of the job aren't we're the entry level jobs are Brasco. Well let me finish college so I think there's still some life in the eighties. And that I'm curious if you. Have any idea about that the future sty ills of offices because you know there was at one point in the last decade this. You know massive. Attempt to have all this open workspace now that people are so worried about germs and coming into close contact with people do you feel that that might change. Definitely think the reconfigured space both for the way we work. On but also shore insuring people feel stage and confident about. It being a larger together. Om and and the vaccine. You know of course gets called out yeah. Occupants Houston to get the vaccine and hopefully you know that will feel safer Internet companies are preparing for what I mean normal I and it configuring your status on accompanying. You working moms I really were in many cases hit hard by. You know as far as the going to work every day in trying to balance you know having their kids at home. Well what do you feel will it will take firm for working moms to get back into the workforce. Full time school who I think I'm working moms who hold. I had any answer ready. I think. Schools need to be open actual time. In order working moms a lot of you need to get their job you know he we survey Arab member working mom aunt Martha wants her court imposed Burton don't tell you is the scene since then is that women pretty resilient. And young baby and coming back. Or reentering the workforce what. You don't need it worries me a little bit is that I think when it lost ground during the pandemic com. Had to step away and so that she longer for the anti tea to regain. Specially women in senior positions. On after weeks. I think long term what women want to see if it wants stability wanted to be able. On the balance. That work and home life if people want your crystal ball what do you. See as the industry of the future when we're really talking about hey this is where a lot of people are going to be. Focusing their education in this is where a lot of the the job growth is going to be. We would say there isn't he needs 150 million technology jobs globally across all industries mom in the coming years. Every role is gonna have some aspect of technology to some what I would just encourage people knew it. Understand software technology that you can using your role as a tool. To help you be more efficient or more effective. Don't feel that you if you're going to be odd meted out are all but. Use doesn't hold serve your purposes I want how easily people can really positive signs that they can be empowered. You you know figure out what skills and how which ones you know neither which ones you want. Unlock your opportunity and I think that really don't wave of the future for war it's going to be skills base so that employers are looking for clean up specific skills as opposed to. Particular degree. And speaking of empowering a worker you know there are a lot of people who really ditch their nine to five's this year and can't. Picked up passion a hobby and entrepreneurial spirit do you feel like that. Could also be all wave of the future. Absolutely there is a lot. Flexibility. Built into a lot of work and not to mention tube re may have. Your main job that is a salary. Excellent company and you may also have some side. Project. Building and we surveyed our members. They often said that they were very interested how to thinking about it. After this pandemic what is it makes my heart sing what is that I want to focus relaxed Artest on and I ink. Mean there's a silver lining merit that we all kind of had a chance to reflect on what I want you would be.

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