Remote Work and Thriving Industries in the Coronavirus Age

The coronavirus effects are tremendously widespread, reaching virtually every societal aspect. One of the most noticeable areas is workplace changes. Because so many individuals could not go into work for so long, it brought about a remote workforce rise.

Remote Work and Thriving Industries in the Coronavirus Age: eAskme
Remote Work and Thriving Industries in the Coronavirus Age: eAskme

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Working remotely seems to fit some professions well, while for others, it is an abject failure. Let’s look at some businesses and remote work possibilities, as much of the country tries to bring itself back from Covid-19 shutdowns.  

Some Businesses Function Well with Only Remote Employees

In the last month alone, CNN reported the loss of 700,000 US jobs. That is a staggering number, with few historical periods matching it.

However, some professions seem to be thriving, because they’ve found that they don’t need employees in a centralized location to go about their business.

Some of those include:

  • College course teaching and academia in general
  • Tech support
  • Computer programming and development
  • Social media management
  • Architecture
  • Stockbroker
Any position in the development, programming, or tech support areas perfectly suits remote work. Collegiate-level course teaching has adapted quite well, and that’s been true for some high schools, provided the student body and staff both have computers, internet, and appropriate software access.

Architects can design buildings from home and share their plans with would-be clients without ever needing outside office access. Remote locations for influencers and social media management also work perfectly.

Failed Remote Workplace Businesses

Other businesses are at the opposite spectrum end. Try as they might, they need an employee workspace that isn’t a remote location.

Some examples include:

  • Barbers
  • Bar owners and operators
  • Live sports and sporting venues
  • Beauty salons
  • Dog washing or daycare
  • Movie theaters
These are businesses where remote location operation is impossible. You can’t cut someone’s hair or do their nails if they’re not sitting in front of you.

You can’t watch sports or a concert in-person if you aren’t physically at the venue, and the food and merchandise sellers at these events can’t make any money either.

The starting back up of some sports is great, but even now, there won’t be any live crowds attending. 

Concessions by Businesses and Industries

A few industries and businesses have split the difference.

They’ve managed to find ways to remain partially operational during the pandemic by changing their business model a little bit.

Some of those include:

  • Small businesses that sell physical products
  • Restaurants
  • Home and garden supply stores
Various small businesses with brick-and-mortar locations decided to go online when the pandemic struck.

They continued making their products available through Amazon, Etsy, or eBay, even as some applied for small business loans

It might not be in keeping with their initial business plan.

However, their doors have stayed open that way until the restriction easing in several states that is now taking place.

The same goes for restaurants. Kitchen production has kept up, allowing some back-of-house employees to work through the pandemic, if not the wait staff.

The partnering of local restaurants with food delivery services like Door Dash, GrubHub, and Uber Eats is a workable business model.

The Coronavirus as an Experiment

No one wanted the coronavirus to occur, and the world suffering because of it is a terrible thing to see.

Still, it is fascinating to witness the changing and adapting of some industries in the face of the menace that threatens them.

This is turning out to be a definitive experiment in what industries can and cannot work remotely.

If any industry or employer ever said “we can’t do it” because of impracticality or expense, we are now seeing the test of those words.

It seems evident that some industries will go back to business as usual when a virus vaccine materializes.

However, some might choose not to go back into the office, even when that option presents itself.

Some industries are finding that a remote workforce is a viable option, and their employees are discovering that too.

If the pandemic effectively ends, and some employers tell their workers to start coming back in to work at the office, they might balk at the prospect.

The other aspect at play is that those bosses and company heads might crunch the numbers and realize that they can save money by not having to rent office space.

We are yet to see the results of this forced experiment. For the moment, all we can do is speculate, and watch with interest as the workplaces we’ve always known shift around us.  

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