Britain’s workers are unlikely to return to the traditional nine to five ever again and lockdown habits such as stockpiling could also become ‘the new normal’ once the pandemic is over, a new report claims.
In her report, titled Zoomsday Predictions, author and cultural commentator Marian Salzman said staff will continue to work the same hours but in a way that combines their personal and professional lifestyles – with many moving to a four-day week.
The publication, which looks at trends that are growing in a way that they will become the new norm for millions, also predicts that stockpiling will become routine among consumers.
Ms Salzman, who last year, predicted the rise of the ‘bunker mentality’ and the wearing of facemasks to stay healthier, said we are already seeing serious discussions of a four-day workweek.
She wrote: ‘Already, we are seeing more serious discussion of such an approach, including its benefits to people and the planet.
‘Microsoft Japan’s experiment with a four-day workweek earlier this year resulted in a 40 percent rise in worker productivity.
‘Other companies that have adopted or are considering a shorter workweek include U.S. burger chain Shake Shack, New Zealand trust management company Perpetual Guardian, and U.K.-based Radioactive PR. What a revolution it would be if working fewer but smarter hours turns out to be the ultimate productivity hack.’
Lockdown has also encouraged people to think more about those they have not been able to see and there will be a ‘reevaluation’ of our social circles with more keeping in touch physically rather than just online, the author claims.
She wrote: ‘As social distancing restrictions continue (self-imposed or otherwise), we suddenly are desperate to be together—even as we rapidly adapt to life apart.
‘Many of us are finding ourselves revising our social circles, drawing in closer people we haven’t seen for years while drifting away from friends and acquaintances we used to see all the time.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Bhvishya Patel