American Consequences - August 2020

crisis solution, it is going to turbocharge a broader trend that has been building for over a decade... The At-Home Revolution This trend has been building for some time... Amazon has been delivering books so you could skip Barnes & Noble since 1998. Grubhub was launched in Chicago in 2004, and people have been ordering pizza, Chinese food, and other foods they never had access to ever since. Now every restaurant can deliver to your home, including Michelin-star-quality restaurants. Employees have experienced a new and better life because of it, according to a great majority of them, and both employees and employers have adapted to make it possible. Some restaurants are even creating competitor-Grubhub apps to make getting fine cuisine at home a sustained trend. Not just that, but everyone has become comfortable with getting food delivered at home. There’s been no option other than to do so. Netflix released its first movie directly to streaming in 2015, with Beasts of No Nation . The Irishman , a movie by auteur Martin Scorsese, was made with Netflix and released

(if not more) productive from home. Many have completely changed how they think about their jobs. This is a benefit to employees that they’re unlikely to give up anytime soon. When reopenings occur around the world in full swing, there is no doubt some companies are going to try to roll back this experiment. However, employees have experienced a new and better life because of it, according to a great majority of them, and both employees and employers have adapted to make it possible. This has meant more spending on: • Connecting people remotely, from teleconferencing services like Zoom to file-sharing solutions within platforms like Google, and others. • VPN and improved broadband services from telecom and cable providers to improve connectivity. • Increased cybersecurity solutions. • Providing people with the hardware to make a work-at-home situation manageable. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg of the massive change in not only spending, but also human behavior that is underlying this shift. That spending is actually helping entrench working-at-home as a viable option. Managers and employees who are putting their money into these solutions don’t want to see them go to waste afterwards. As more employees and employers embrace the world of working from home as a long- term normal process rather than a short-term

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