As I write this we are still in what I guess are the early stages of the Corona Virus /Covid-19 Pandemic. Whilst the situation is still rapidly changing, I am not alone in thinking that some of the social impact from this outbreak will be long-reaching.
It’s mid-March and I am in the UK. Sports and social events are being cancelled left, right and centre as people are advised to stay home. I am a ‘knowledge worker’ and able to work from home. I didn’t always though – I had a previous career in healthcare where people were very much expected to attend for work in person, at the office and to ‘dress smartly’ even though nobody besides their immediate colleagues would see them- very old school. A great number of the people I worked with could have just as well worked from home but the organisation simply didn’t have the interest or the will to let them do so. Separately, I have a Master’s degree in Cultural History – as I describe it, the ‘Whys’ rather than the ‘Whats’ of history. Let’s put all this together try and take a longer view of what’s happening now, not just the ‘right now’: