The year 2020 was quite literally the year that will be written in history books for generations to come. From a global pandemic to election chaos, social justice protests, riots, and the radical cultural shift that redefined the face of modern work and education; 2020 will be remembered as the year that dawned a new era rooted in balance.
As the world begins the tactful re-entry to normalcy and cautiously prepares for post-pandemic life, it is widely regarded that aspects of 2020 are here to stay and have effectively set a new standard of living. Before the COVID-19 pandemic rocked society, it was estimated that about 18% of all workers were 100% remote. Since 2020, that number has skyrocketed to 44% and is expected to rise to 51% by the end of 2021.
If the world is re-entering normalcy, wouldn’t that number be expected to fall as businesses and schools return to in-person settings?
Interestingly enough, the onset of remote work and learning brought forth a refreshed mindset for employees, students, and parents seeking a balanced lifestyle and custom-tailored solutions for those who fail to succeed under the former “one size fits all” framework that has plagued society for decades.
Thanks to the digital renaissance, students and workers now have the option to pick and choose what type of environment best suits their lifestyle, their family, and their productivity style. Gone are the days of wasting precious hours in traffic, getting lost in long student lectures, and struggling to find a work/life balance. The era of empowered students and workers is here to stay. So what does a post-pandemic workforce and schooling system look like?
Well, take everything you thought you knew about school and work, and flip it on its head because the freedom of choice is now the new norm.
While many workplaces have already returned to an in-person format, many workers have become hesitant and have even quit due to the lack of understanding and support from employers on the importance of choice and individual work environments. Due to this, many are adopting the hybrid model; 3 days remote, 2 days in office, and vice versa. Other employers have shut down offices altogether to welcome a new era of working and reduce overhead. Now, it is understandable why many employers would be hesitant to this model as monitoring screen-time requires an immense amount of trust in employees. That in mind, a vast number of employers have taken the route of a KPI-based (key performance indicator) remote work model. In other words, as long as you are hitting your goals, you have the freedom of choice.
Parents and teachers on the other hand have to navigate sensitive waters in understanding how each child absorbs information, responds, and adapts to different learning environments.
While in-person meetings, standardized testing, and unrelatable subject matter may work for some, students of all ages have been struggling in silence for far too long. In a post-pandemic schooling system, parents and children are seeking alternative methods of education to meet children where they’re at, build up their confidence, praise their intrigue, and promote interpersonal connection through both in-person and virtual formats, depending on preference.
Imagine a democratized solution that provides custom-tailored options that boost morale and productivity across the board. When truly pondered it makes one question why solutions such as this have not existed widely until now.
By focusing on passion-centered learning, parents and teachers alike are instilling a sense of confidence and power into the impressionable minds of future generations; communicating that they do not have to fit into the box that society has tried to push for far too long. Whether a child responds to in-person traditional classrooms, virtual learning, small PODs, or anything in between, the focus will now be placed on the child and what works best for them both mentally and physically.
The future of work and education demolishes traditional norms that have damaged mental health and balanced lifestyles. This new era is rooted in empathy, support, and trust that both workers and students are taking the path of least resistance to receiving the education and experience required to succeed.
“Having been pushed into remote learning unexpectedly, I now see the benefits of alternative education systems and Uschool helped me find a path that is not only working, it’s fun!” — Mark, Parent of 3 Middle schoolers