Pandemic recovery: The Dark Age of Downtown

Remote working is creating major savings on rents and unnecessary office overheads, while ushering in new freedom, new respect and new ease.

Once symbol of power, today, commuting to crowded downtown offices is nothing but inhumane acts from the last century. Downtown of the developed economies gradually evolved into super octopus, strangling human productivity, sucking all inertia by tentacles of traffic jams, commuting brutality, suffocating the workers, the work and the workspaces. Any decade-paced chart will show this broken model, but real estate consortiums charging super premium rates fueled such upward mobility of the cemented jungles. Now appears as ‘Dark Age’ of downtown, the pandemic recovery has already isolated “remote working” as a newly accepted victory on office productivity, creating major savings on rents and unnecessary office overheads while allowing high quality remote mental-power access with new freedom, new respect and new ease. Time has come to fix broken systems and fix upskilling to secure better economies.

Naseem Javed

Like ghost towns, abandoned, isolated and empty, the cemented jungles of dark silent towers not only challenge the math on commercial real estate portfolios but also ask ‘what is good for the real estate’ and ‘what is good for human productivity’. The Pandemic Recovery is W shaped. Many nations get more than one ‘W’ for fears of longer recoveries. The productivity, performance and profitability ratios are going to drive new post pandemic economies with new measurements and new math to maintain desired truth.

The 50% of office work will go remote.
The 50% downtown becomes low cost free spaces for start-ups.
The 50% rise in new office-productivity will come from remote work.
The 50% remaining spaces will morph into something else.
The 50% are still in denials, mask-less they believe in more money-rains.
The 100% change is inevitable in order to save economies.
The 100% absence of open debates on such topics shows the gravity.

Humanize artificial intelligence and commercialize mental-power processing of humankind.

Human-Inter-Phase-with-Electro-Ergonomics: “Electro-Ergonomics” where upskilled work in full AI+AR+VR+ Remote Working freedom at far superior human performance, this is where mental-work shines. New thinking must overtake sluggish office tower bureaucracies now.

The Mastery of Covidism crushes old thinking and offers some options;

Futurism is workless; technology will continuously steal all kinds of ‘work’ and their related workers, it will eventually take out ‘work’ as mundane routines from our lives and replace all those activities completed with simple digital blinks. Humankind must liberate itself from ‘work’ of all sorts, because the human body housing the known miracle of the universe ‘the brain’ should dedicate full energies and time on self discoveries as human optimization will enable us to face the truth and advance forward with diversity and tolerance. Today’s progress crushed under conflicting ideologies and injustice, demands open discussions to find lost balance.

Since 1800, we focused on monetizing brute force as ‘manpower’, now we need new realignment with abstract and invisibly free flowing ‘mental power’ as ‘real’ and tangible value contribution to productivity. The rest handled by robotic technologies.  Self-discovery, self-optimization and entrepreneurialism are the new frontier to bring new levels of human performance and new plateaus of understanding productivity, and profitability.

The old punch-clock trapped embodiment to cubicles now acknowledged as Dark Age of office work.

New Job Security: is no longer hidden behind ‘employee of the month plaque’ it is hidden behind all the hard work of self-discovery and creating a fine remote working corner with local-national and global access. “Solo-Remote-Performance” delivered high caliber independent and confident thinking, nurtured by entrepreneurialism and tempered with sharpness of senior management level discipline and routines. This is progress. This is remote work.

Advancing economies must study deeply the art, science, and graces it takes to create performances like Cirque du Soleil with acrobatic control and free flying routines directly compared to other operational styles like World Wrestling Federation and their fixed and fake fights. Across the world, there are so many advanced types of upskilling openly available to cope with new complex economic challenges, as smooth glides will determine success over shove-push fake-economies. Think deeply, move fast, fail fast, learn fast. Go remote as the rest is easy.

(Naseem Javed is a corporate philosopher, Chairman of Expothon Worldwide; a Think tank on Image Supremacy of Innovative Excellence & Entrepreneurial Leadership. He is leading charge on entrepreneurial leadership transformation and a recognized authority on global digital trends, image complexities how they impact business performances and create global age skill shifts. His recent work on Expothon Strategy is getting global attention. His latest new book; Alpha Dreamers; the five billions connected who will change the world. He can be connected via LinkedIn:


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