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Yet although offices will not disappear, it is hard toimagine that working life will return to BC ways. Formore than a century workers have stuffedthemselves onto crowded trains and buses, orendured traffic jams, to get into the office, and back, five days a week. For the past two months they havenot had to commute, and will have enjoyed thehiatus.
Employers, for their part, have maintained expensive digs in city centres because they neededto gather staff in one place. The rent is only part of the cost; there is the cleaning, lighting, printers, catering and security on top.When you work at home, you pay for your own utilitiesand food.
Many businesses and employees may thus have had their "Wizard of Oz" moment: thecorporate HQ is shown to be an old man behind the curtain. Faith in the centralised officemay never be restored.
Another aspect of the AD era may be the disappearance of the five-day working week. Evenbefore the pandemic many workers became used to taking phone calls or answering emails atthe weekend. In the AD era the barrier between home and working life, a useful way ofrelieving stress, will be even harder to sustain.
It may be lost altogether. Without the Monday-to-Friday commute, the weekend seems a morenebulous concept, as does the 9-to-5 working day. In future employees may work and takebreaks when they please, with the company video call the only fixture. The downside, however, is that the rhythm of life has been disrupted and new routines are needed: as Madness, aBritish pop group, sang about school in "Baggy Trousers", people are reduced to "tryingdifferent ways to make a difference to the days".
Looking further out, the AD era may bring other changes. Some may decide to live in smalltowns where housing costs are lower, since they have no need to commute. Men will have fewerexcuses to skip cleaning or child care if they are not disappearing to the office. In a sense, thisis a return to normal: until the 19th century most people worked at or close to their homes. Butsocial historians may still regard 2020 as the start of a new age.