Facing the Future

iam_mrsfletcher
Posted May 18, 2020 from Cayman Islands

A few months ago the world that we knew was turned upside down with the global pandemic, covid 19. We have seen schools and businesses forced to close and entire countries placed on partial or complete lock down in an attempt to control the spread of this deadly virus. The effect of this on the economy is without a doubt crippling.

I live on an island where tourism is at the forefront of the country's local economy. With the lock down of our air and sea ports, empty hotels, closed restaurants and bars and the closure of all tourist related activities we have seen this sector take a deep dive. Some establishments were able to pay staff for a few weeks, some not at all. This has led to hundreds of displaced or furloughed employees most of which were employed from different countries. For many this meant that they were left with no choice but to leave the island and return to their home countries.

For me, I am thankful that I am able to work entirely from home. I have never worked from home prior to this and I actually enjoy working from home now. I developed a routine and stick to it. I am able to sleep a little bit longer on mornings with the elimination of travel to work.  I then begin work promptly at  8.30 am just as I would in the office.  I work until 12 when I break for my hour lunch and then get straight back to work until 5.00 pm. Even though I am working from home does not mean I will be working beyond working hours or less hours. I honestly believe that saying 'Give Caesar what is due onto Caesar'. A healthy work life balance is essential so promptly at 5:00 pm I shut down the computer and attend to my usual duties as a wife and student. 

All of this is possible thanks to technology. I can conduct meetings online via zoom or other platforms. Have calls with my colleagues via WhatsApp or other calling platforms and operate just as if I had been sitting in the office. There are so many advantages to working from home which include, but are not limited to, employees having a great work life balance which ultimately leads to more happy and balanced employees, more efficiency, less overhead costs for the organisation since there will be no need to rent large buildings with multiple offices at exorbitant costs, the reduction of pollution since there will be less commuters on the nations roads. The main disadvantage I encountered during my work from home stint is that I saw an increase in my utility bill however, the trade off is well worth it.

I do hope that organisations use this as a learning experience and an opportunity to revisit current policies and do things differently. I do understand that not everyone can be afforded this luxury however, if we were to maximize on the amount of persons that can work from home efficiently it will greatly decrease some of the congestion in terms of traffic, parking, air pollution, the list goes on.

It will also be worthwhile to continue educating the population at large on using technology to their advantage for instance, I still see long lines at the banks. I'm certain that at least 80% of those transactions may be conducted online. There's so much different technology out there, we just need to put it to use. 

As women, we can be a catalyst for change. As we face the world post covid 19, let us seek more innovative ways to do things differently. It's certainly okay to change the plan but keep the focus on the goal. It's a win win win situation. 

#SheTransformsTech

This story was submitted in response to #SheTransformsTech.

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Chi8629
May 18
May 18

Thank you for sharing.

iam_mrsfletcher
May 19
May 19

Thank you for reading Chioma, stay safe!

Hello, Mrs. Fletcher,

How are you? Welcome back to World Pulse! Wow, it is so nice to meet someone from Cayman Islands!

I’m from a country of islands, too.
So we truly felt the effect of the pandemic in our tourism industry, among others.

I’m glad you are able to establish a routine that works well for you as a career woman, wife, and student! I enjoy reading your update. I hope to read more from you. I’m curious about you and women in your country.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you as a World Pulse Encourager. To learn more, kindly click on this link:https://www.worldpulse.com/encourager

So happy you’re back! Please stay safe always!

iam_mrsfletcher
May 19
May 19

Hi Karen,

Thank you for your feedback. I'm great thanks! Hope all is well and that you are keeping safe also. Thank you for the encourage invitation, I'm honoured to partake.

Take care and stay safe!
Jamie

You’re welcome, dear. That’s great to know. Welcome to the Encouragement Team!

Maya Iwata
May 19
May 19

Hello Mrs. Fletcher,
Thank you for sharing your story and also doing a call for us (everyone) to do things differently using technology moving forward. I love how you say "it's okay to change the plan, but keep the focus on the goal." I live in a city that used to never sleep, but due to COVID-19 many of the areas of past high traffic are empty. While these are rough times and sometimes deadly, I appreciate you bringing the silver lining to the forefront. Take good care!

iam_mrsfletcher
May 19
May 19

Hi Maya, thank you for your kind feedback. I'm happy that we can see that silver lining :-) I hope you and your family continue to stay safe.

Anita Shrestha
May 19
May 19

Thank you for sharing .

magg6789
May 21
May 21

Dearest sister,
I can very much see how your island must be going through difficult times that this situation is posing. Adapting to the new circumstances posed are challenges that are greater for many. But we must remember that difficult times do shape us into better and more innovative people.
Thank you for adapting and remaining positive. I loved what you said "As women, we can be a catalyst for change." so powerful and so true! There are many innovative ways we can change the world around us, within our communities and beyond.

iam_mrsfletcher
May 29
May 29

Hello Magg, Thank you for reading and your positive feedback. Do continue to stay safe.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Mrs. Fletcher,
Thank you so much for sharing your post. You are most welcome to World Pulse and we sure look forward to more of your posts.
Stay safe and be blessed.

iam_mrsfletcher
May 29
May 29

Hello Anita,

Thank you for reading and your feedback, it means a lot. Keep safe!

Ellie E.
Jun 01
Jun 01

Thank you for sharing! Technology is very important.