As a new month begins, we enter the second half of 2020 continuing to struggle with the economic and societal effects of a global pandemic. Covid-19 is wearing on us, whether we have contracted the virus or not.
We are inundated by news of political indecision, social controversy, and still rising infection rates. So many of us are simply exhausted by our new reality. But perhaps most of all, we want to go back to work.
The question, at this point some five months in, is how realistic is that goal?
The Impact of Covid-19 on Hourly Work
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on all our lives – both economically and socially. For many of us, the opportunity to work from home has mitigated some of the economic impact. Still, the isolation has left us socially starved. We long to get back to some sense of normalcy including going back to the office. But what is the best way to judge the feasibility of such a return?
To answer this question, perhaps we should take a close look at how the pandemic has affected those most severely impacted: Hourly workers.
Snagajob‘s infographic below summarizes the impact on hourly workers at the early stages of the pandemic. It documents the fears, expectations, and realities faced by bartenders, hairstylists, retail workers, and others tied to an hourly economy. The sad truth is that in the months since, little has changed for the better. But there is hope. Businesses want to reopen and continue to search for ways to do so safely. So, while there may be a long road ahead, there is reason to remain optimistic… for the economy and for ourselves.
Hang in there. Continue to act sensibly. And we’ll ride this out together.
…Oh, and wear a mask!