As countries try to battle the spread of coronavirus the millions of people worldwide are having to embrace the life under lockdown which makes them physically confined to only a limited number of people nearby. With the combination of advancement in technology, this has moved the teaching, working and socializing aspects of life online like never before. The ability to adapt to this transformation and being a virtual human is becoming a must-have in today’s life. This was the key theme at the Local Committee Meeting – October of AIESEC in University of Moratuwa. AIESEC Alumna Ms. Keshavi Puswewala, HR Business Partner, Corporate Functions, R&D & Employer Brand Lead – Unilever Sri Lanka was kind enough to accept our request and guide us in the journey towards being a virtual human.

New Setbacks in a Virtualizing Cooperate Landscape and How to Deal with Them

With governments asking people to stay at home to reduce the spreading of the virus, the amount of people who are able to work is getting less and less. The money spent on non-essential things is reducing drastically. Since the majority of employees are unable to go to work and the customers couldn’t buy the products, businesses cannot work as they usually did. As a result, many of the employees are losing their jobs.

This is also affecting the graduates who are searching for a way into the cooperate world or those who are in search of the internships since the companies are not willing to take recruits when they are not even able to look after the ones that they already have.

But as Ms. Keshavi Puswewala the guest speaker of the event was so kind enough to emphasize, every cloud has a silver lining. As an adaptation for this grave situation businesses are getting virtualized, making the physical barriers not so much of a problem anymore. Now there are jobs that the employee can choose to be a fulltime or a parttime worker, while also choosing to work from home too. The salaries might be less than they used to be, but some of those employers even encourage the workers to work for another company in their spare time

The first thing that should change in order to adapt to a challenging situation is the mindset. It can be a work from home job, but it is anyhow a job. It might be an internship at a small company, but it is an internship. So be happy with what you got and give the maximum effort to fulfil it.

Being a Virtual Employee and The Concept of Working from Home

With the popularity of the concept of working from home the line between personal and professional life is getting more and more blurred. There is nothing called a workplace and a work hour in this new normal. When you don’t have set hours and set time to work the efficiency goes down drastically. So, to have a specific hour devoted to the work and acting as if you are in the workplace during those hours is a must-have discipline for a virtual being. And he must also have a specific space at home only used for working.

Must have skills in Virtual Communication

Unlike in a face to face conversation, one cannot rely on body language and nonverbal signals to back up the idea that he is going to express. So, following are some key factors a virtual human must be mindful about, during online communication.

• Not using all caps, unless it is required to shout out.
• Using punctuations.
• Careful usage of emojis and gifs.
• Be mindful about what to say and where to say.
• Giving others space to reply.

The advancement of technology has made access to information so much easier. Anything is only a fingertip away to reach. But a virtual being should be able to identify what are the essentials that he cannot afford to lose and to give the maximum effort to those. There are only twenty-four hours a day. So, make use of time and make every second count.

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