One thing we know is that work will never look the same. This may also mean that trade unions need to reinvent themselves in order to be able to offer value to their members and make their presence felt in a more meaningful way across Europe. “The COVID pandemic and its long-term economic impact make it more essential than ever that workers have strong and effective trade unions to protect their interests,” writes Greg Thomson in this issue, proposing a view to what it takes to make the unions stronger.
Concerning our work and our private life, Roberto Righetti looks at how we lived the curious period we are living. His findings are telling – people feel more pressure overall, workload has globally increased since March 2020 and the trend has continued since September on. Our honeymoon with teleworking seems to come to a certain end and the way we perceive it depends significantly on whether we are too far from or too close to the important people in our lives.
It is no surprise that “teleworking from abroad” is a hot potato these days. Juan-Pedro Perez-Escanilla examines what this would mean in the current context when many perennial concepts like “work place” seem to be changing as well.
How do we cope with all these – working from home, teleworking from abroad (add also some adorable kids to the equation), zoom are exactly the focus of Steve Bainbridge’s “snapshot”, pinning the productivity and procrastination that such situation may lead to. No, there is no manual on how to do that, not yet.
At times, too taken by our own feelings of overwhelming we miss to ponder how children live the current situation. Catherine Calambe takes a closer look to the impact of the lockdown measures had on our children’s physical and mental well-being.