FIR 198: Is #WFH the post-pandemic future?

What coronavirus will do to our offices and homes post-pandemic is a question that prompts multiple answers on a daily basis. If there are ten questions, you’ll find ten different answers.

About the only thing that’s consistently equal in opinion is that there will be change and it will be profound.

It’s a big topic that exercised Shel and I in the August 2020 episode of The Hobson and Holtz Report aka FIR 198. We anchored the discussion with a broad-brush picture painted by the BBC that started:

One day, the virus will subside. It could be eradicated. But even then, life will not simply return to the way it was before Covid-19. Spurred on by the coronavirus crisis, architects have been rethinking the buildings we inhabit.

We considered and discussed others’ opinions ranging from questions on how long remote working can be sustained in the face of the threat of changing culture and workplace behaviours (no more hallway chats or serendipitous moments, mental health issues, Zoom burnout), and plenty of views on the broad pros and cons of remote working, whether short or long term.

As with so many others, Shel and I have different views which we think makes for interesting discussion.

Here’s the topics menu of what’s in this episode:

  • Twitter’s new conversation settings (which are not an assault on free speech)
  • Instagram’s terrible attempt to duplicate TikTok
  • What the coronavirus pandemic will do to our homes and offices
  • How the pandemic is reshaping our approach to social media
  • Google’s pandemic-related additions to travel searches
  • Amazon Web Services lets brands integrate livestreams into websites and apps
  • Dan York’s Tech Report covers the release of WordPress 5.5, the TikTok war, the war against app stores, merging messengers, and the demise of Flash
FIR 198

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Special thanks to Jay Moonah for the opening and closing music.

Links from This Month’s Episode

Links from Dan York’s Report

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Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.