The novel coronavirus disease which ravaged Wuhan, China in 2019 and spread rapidly round the whole world has put us in a situation we, millennials have never before experienced.
The mixed feelings of being at home all day, working even harder for some and less or no work at all for others. Finding out more and more ways of living with our partners even with ugly sides of them we never took note of. Everything is now in full glare. We appreciate life and the joy of freedom more these days, which makes us eager to get this over with and go back to our normal lives, if there would be anything like “normal” anymore.
The times have changed and with change in world events, comes change in our thinking, expectations and adjustment to our goals for the year. What we thought we would achieve this year may still be achievable, if only we adjust our expectations and methods to suit the world view now.
This brings us to the question: What are the expectations of millennials after this pandemic? Writer, Olabode Emmanuel gives us a rundown of what is expected of “generation z” after this pandemic.
1. REMOTE WORK
Since the coronavirus forced offices and factories to shut down, organizations have quickly adopted remote work for sustainability. There is no going back. Companies that have been hitherto hesitant to embrace remote work will now have to redesign their work culture to fit into the new realities.
Yesterday, Monday, May 5, leading PR and Customer Experience company, RED Media Africa announced on its social media pages that it will now operate remotely (with or without COVID-19).
“We are excited to announce, especially in this period of uncertainty, that, going forward, the #HumansofRed will now be working from home with or without COVID19!”, the company tweeted. Some have argued that remote work makes employees lazier, it has been proven that it rather does the opposite.
Techpreneur, Odun Eweniyi of PiggyVest,confirmed that she now works 3 times harder than she used to in the office. It provides a more creative and less intimidating job environment.
2. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
The pandemic has exposed the incompetence of many African governments, especially Nigeria’s – a country led by irresponsible and corrupt officials. It has become clear to millennials that holding the government accountable is not enough. They need to be actively involved – join political parties and run for offices en masse. It is time for millennials to step up.
Most millennials are leveraging technology – mobile fitness apps, Instagram Live videos, Youtube videos for their daily exercise routine. In the nearest future, we expect to see an increase in how new (and existing) fitness startups adopt virtual fitness training services. Millennials are ready to embrace them.
The crisis has accelerated the global adoption of online learning.
Sadly, African (read Nigerian) millennials are not getting the best of online learning because the continent lacks the proper infrastructure like high-speed internet services, affordable data, stable power, availability of locally developed content and online curriculum. Only a few expensive private universities have switched online. Others, including public tertiary institutions, are temporarily closed till things return to normal.
Online learning will play a pivotal role in delivering quality, accessible, and affordable education. African governments need to rise to make the right investments that will drive this switch. It is time to move classes online.
From work-culture to government and politics, fitness, and education, the world will experience a phenomenal change in the coming months. Our way of life will never remain the same again. Covid19 has made its impact on our lives and e will never forget this. The good thing is, its a blessing in disguise for millenials. Or should I say, I hope so?