There Are Defining Moments In History
My uncle told me a long time ago that my generation didn’t understand sacrifice. We’d never seen anything that tested our character. Then Columbine happened, and 9/11, then a war and an economic recession, and now a world wide pandemic keeping us quarantined and away from each other all within approximately two decades.
Sometimes he and I joke now that he jinxed us (he doesn’t believe in that.) But there’s no denying that each of these events has brought me out on the other side a different person. The light at the end of the tunnel isn’t a return to normalcy, but a return to some semblance of relief. Those aren’t the same thing.
When the danger has passed, we’re going to return to some semblance of relief. It won’t be the normal we knew before, but embracing change doesn’t have to be negative. Through this entire ordeal, we’ve learned some things.
It’s always easy to look back after the fact and see how life changed from before to after a defining moment. Our tech usage has been steadily increasing for years. Remote workers were becoming more common and virtual meetings graced board rooms across the globe.
Our connection through social media, mobile devices, and messaging apps made it easy and inexpensive to text a relative in the UK or present a live tech demonstration to a potential client in Africa. With all these advancements also came more sophisticated cyber criminals. As the criminals became more advanced, our software became more advanced to combat them. Every advancement, good or bad, pushed us toward a greater advancement.
The New Normal
The relief, The New Normal as its been coined, will bring about a change in how we work and interact. Virtual meetings and remote work are here to stay. We’ve seen how productive we can be using modern technological tools. Advancements in both cybercrime and cyber protection will continue to race each other forward. We will travel less but teleconference more.
I wonder what other habits we’ll add to our repertoire, especially post-COVID. Below is a list of some of my suggestions, but please leave a comment to tell us some of your own.
- Less hand shaking but more friendly gestures
- More virtual meetings
- New services or gadgets to facilitate remote work
- A newfound appreciation for seeing our co-workers face to face
- Tech innovations for healthy travel
- More awareness of security threats as companies continue to increase their reliance on technology
- Tech mobility for working from anywhere
- Surprise treats to business partners/customers from a delivery service
Technology will connect us even as it keeps us apart, but our ability to work efficiently and effectively through this new tech will make the world even more accessible than it was before. And PC Matic will be there, working our hardest to bring you all the advancements that are in store.
Stay safe and stay healthy, everyone.
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