5 Things we hope are staying once COVID-19 is gone

We look forward to the day when COVID-19 becomes a thing of the past. When it’s a story to tell generations to come. Perhaps have a few apocalyptic movies made about it. Bottom line is, we can’t wait till it’s gone.

Apart from the obvious and overstated downsides of COVID-19 that we’re all too familiar with (and tired), there are some pretty awesome things we were blessed to get from the pandemic that we hope stay. They are:

1. Working from home when possible.

We’ve seen the upside of working from home that we can’t help but let it be the first thing we mention in our list. It hasn’t only redefined the way we work, but also the way we live our lives. 

We finally have a balance between work life and personal life. Now that perhaps most companies have seen that it’s not a myth but rather very possible, we hope that the option to #WFH, or work remotely in general, is still viable. Some companies alternated and had their employees attend one week, and the other is home-based, which is another cool solution. 

2. Being kinder to one another.

Times of crisis bring people closer together, that’s a fact of life. But more than proximity, we love the spirit of kindness that has taken over our lives. We’re reminded of what’s truly important and of the unexpected reality of the world, and it makes us truly value one another and simply be nice. 

We never know what the other person is going through, and it has encouraged everyone to try our best to let people be, having our kindness game at its best.

3. Digital options available to everyone.

Let’s be clear on one thing, going digital isn’t just easier for most, it’s actually more accessible. A fact that’s somehow underestimated, is that apps, websites, and generally IoT makes the lives of people with disabilities a lot easier. That’s how it should be!

Whether it’s a restaurant going on a delivery app, or clothing stores having their own apps, or even government entities having a lot of their services online — it’s easier for everyone, yes, but it’s also a lot more inclusive than the alternative, and we love it.

4. Gratitude, and seeing the best of things.

This point might be relevant to #2, because again, we realize that our time in this life is limited and that inspires us to be more grateful for everything; with COVID-19, it made us especially appreciate the little things that didn’t necessarily carry much weight in the past. 

See Also

It could be a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, a text we got from friends, or just cruising around listening to music. There’s always something to be grateful for, and there’s always a silver lining to every situation.

5. Mental health days.

This one is a big win. We’ve seen lots of companies and major corporations finally give significance to mental health, and permit sick-leaves on account of mental health. This is beyond awesome, because at the end of the day, what’s any job worth if it doesn’t allow you to take a break to breathe a little bit?

Burnout and stress is a very real aspect of work, and we love that companies are starting to take their employees’ mental health just as seriously as they would their physical health. 

These are just a few thoughts we had, we’re sure you probably have some more things you’d like to keep around — share them with us on our social media! Here’s our Twitter, our Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Bahrain-based digital platform and publication for startups in the Middle East. Exclusive events, in-depth workshops, insightful content, and informative news. In strategic partnership with Tamkeen Bahrain, Zain Bahrain, National Bank of Bahrain, Zoho, Tenmou, and StartUp Bahrain.

Startup MGZN © 2020. All Rights Reserved.