Digital Work in the Digital World: COVID-19’s Attack on the 9-5 job


COVID-19 is changing the way businesses work, and digitising things that were otherwise done traditionally. With our efforts and habits going into the online world with Zoom meetings, work from home efforts and interacting on social media even more than ever before, I think it’s time we look at how this could be a good thing if utilised correctly.

The internet’s befitting purpose

We’ve been saying it for a while. If there’s a silver lining to this crisis, it’s that the virus is forcing us to use the internet as it was always meant to be used — to connect with one another, share information and resources, and come up with collective solutions to urgent problems, be it work-related or even personal issues that require our attention.

Psychologically weighty

When we’re isolated inside for such a long period of time, it’s crucial to pay attention to our stress and anxiety levels. Introverts might be having a lovely time of it, using the time to play all those video games they’ve been meaning to play, catch up on movies, series… but what about those who are used to being social animals and going out every day, meeting up with different people and working with them personally, daily?

Is this going to last forever?

People might be feeling elevated levels of anxiety and worry since their lives have been turned completely upside-down, and those working in the tourism industry have suffered a massive blow, which obviously resulted in financial difficulties but one can’t ignore the effect it has on the mental health of those involved. The amount of questions running through their head… “Is this going to last forever?” “Will I never find another job?” “How am I gonna keep this business going with virtually no customers?”

Tech to the rescue

Gadgets and have discussed this in detail to find solutions and give help to those who need it. Apps, like Moodpath available on Apple and Android devices, are an example of this, where it periodically asks you a set of questions to assess how you’re feeling at that given moment. Having notifications about your mood rather than the fifth group chat message about some Adrian Zammit meme you’re sick of seeing will already be a massive mood booster, let’s be real here.

Second nature for some

Those who aren’t really into technology, or aren’t technophiles at all, might find it difficult doing what others are used to doing as second nature. It’s important to help those people digitise their business or the way they do business, as it will safeguard themselves and their businesses future.

You’re doing it wrong…

Avoiding fake news is another big deal and a term we’re also sick of hearing about. It’s important to follow the relevant pages for up-to-date information about the COVID-19 statistics so far, locally. Double-check the source of information, the comments, website and affiliations of the website, to see if what you’re reading is actually legitimate. If you share an article from just reading the headline… you’re doing it wrong.

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