Most people did not anticipate going through a global pandemic during their lifetime. Yet, during 2020, humanity is fortunate enough to have the technological capabilities that make enduring an outbreak a little easier.
Nearly 5 million U.S. employees, or 3.6 percent of the total U.S. workforce, work from home at least half of the time. Keeping these individuals connected to colleagues and clients, more often than not, relies on having the right technology. For example, a well organized conference room system based in the office can help coworkers in the office stay connected to someone working from home by having them there in the room via video conferencing.
One of the largest complaints about the pandemic was enduring quarantine and being forced to separate from family and friends. Many people struggled with mental health issues and overall sadness as their lives included less social interaction.
But, thanks to technology, people were able to remain fairly well connected via technology. Software like Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime allowed individuals to host virtual hangouts with their loved ones. Those that dealt with birthdays in quarantine hosted virtual birthday parties. Others hosted weekly virtual happy hours with their dear friends. In fact, loved ones that lived throughout areas of the world were able to contact each other when they otherwise might not have. Thanks to technology in the 21st century, people were able to stay connected and feel loved throughout an outbreak.