During these times of pandemic, the German government is offering financial support for South African students who are currently engaged in studies at German universities. Due to Covid-19, many foreign students have lost their jobs which allowed them to finance their stay in Germany. According to official figures from Statista, three out of four foreign students in Germany work throughout their studies and have had their incomes seriously affected by the pandemic.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” – how my mother’s voice resonates now, more than ever in these times of uncertainty. Yet the aphorism takes on a whole new meaning to what Mom meant in her attempts to up my daily vitamin intake.
While an estimated one million South Africans are returning to work, at least as many are still working from home – and might continue to do so for the foreseeable future. This gives employers a double challenge: on the one hand, they need to ensure a safe return to work for those venturing back into the workplace; on the other, they should not lose sight of the employees still at home.
It is difficult to lift one’s gaze from the immediate, dramatic impact that COVID-19 has on our working lives and look towards the horizon to see what lies ahead. Looking around corners does not feature in the workplace triage in which we are engaging at the moment. And to be fair, there are many businesses or services who are so deep into dealing with the crisis that no one can blame them for not taking a minute to consider the office environment six or twelve months in the future. For those of us not engaged in essential services, however, perhaps now is the time contemplate our working environment post COVID-19.
Recruitment continues apace and we’ve filled several technical, scarce, specialist and executive level positions with ease over the past month. It’s a case of adapting to the new way of doing things which is, of course, mostly via video conference.
The coronavirus will dominate our lives for the foreseeable future. But we now have sight of slightly less rigorous restrictions and business is going to have to slowly resuming as people find new ways to do what needs to be done. The sooner we adapt to doing things differently, the sooner our economy will recover.
Education is said to be the passport to the future. Yet at the same time, there are lots of critical voices about the education system. 1,000+ Americans told us what they think.