Working for home is simple and billionaires haven’t donated enough
By Tania Arora, Staff Writer
Since COVID-19 has unfolded, it’s great to see the way governments around the world have worked together and various business organizations everywhere are handling it. There are many silver linings to look to.
China is now beginning to recover from the outbreak and resumed regular life, and hopefully our norm is near too. It is still a question as to whether the virus originated in bats or if it was artificially created; it might take months or even years for the truth to be unraveled. Regardless of the uncertainty this outbreak has wrecked, we have been gifted with numerous revelations:
1. A 2015 study conducted by Tammy D. Allen, Timothy D. Golden, and Kristen M. Shockley showed that remote work was worse for team cohesion and productivity. There have been tons of similar research and reports released stating that productivity would decreased if people were to work from home. However, businesses have been forced to attempt it, and luckily they are running mostly without any hindrances. The pandemic has given a clear message to human resource teams and business owners: it is possible for people to work from home and can be granted if required.
2. The government needs to build up a greater medical system which can accommodate people. Our current medical system has been exposed as inadequate, and it is clear now that it is in dire need of expansions. We need to strengthen our medical force and further medical research and funding in order to create a more efficient system.
Not only that, we need to properly compensate our critical medical staff and even the frontline workers of our supply chains. It took this entire ruckus for us to realize that nurses, doctors, and even grocery store employees are undercompensated.
3. Is every billionaire actually a billionaire? In early April, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey pledged $1 billion to vaccine research in order to “disarm the pandemic.” Later, Bill Gates donated $100 million towards the fight—prompting Jeff Bezos to do the same. Many other wealthy individuals have committed to the fight, yet the amount of money generated seems woefully inadequate given the billions of people alive today. Where are the others hiding with their money?
4. From the largest of countries to the smallest of nations, the coronavirus response has been different. From varying levels of testing to complete economic shutdowns, the world community has shown that not one method can perfectly attack this problem. However, the importance of quick thinking, decisive decision making, and a well-informed population has proven to be the greatest marker of good results. Though methods practiced in Russia may not fare as well in South Korea, the end result has been good.
5. Lastly, if we compare Canada to the rest of the world, the country lies in the list of developed countries. But our home is still not perfect if compared to the states or the rest; the reasons for which could be myriad. Though Canada is a developed country it is clear that much work needs to be done for our future.
I think that our taxes should be better funneled into medical care and other emergency services without the stunning levels of bureaucracy that we currently face. It should take days—not months or even years for needed fund allocation to go through. Though Canadas population is aging, we can see that our health care system has some bloat. It instead could be as efficient as the systems employed in other developed countries.