They say it takes 30 days to form a habit. With so many days behind us and only a few to go, I'd say there will be a lot of new habits we will all have developed over this period, which I'm sure will be referred to in the future as 'The Great Lockdown of 2020'. Not that it's "great" or anything, but neither was the "Great" Depression...
As we near the end of Level 4 and prepare for two weeks of Level 3, businesses are starting to prepare for the future. Office spaces will be more spread out and will probably be cleaner than they have ever been before. Hand sanitiser will be a more prominent feature of most businesses, rather than being something hidden in a handbag that only the germophobes use.
It's been business-as-almost-usual here at Recruit I.T. as we've embraced video interviewing in the comfort of our homes, surrounded by our cats, but how long will this continue? As offices and businesses start to re-open in Level 2 and 1, and people emerge into the streets, we'll start having face-to-face interactions again - so what will be our greeting? Is a handshake now inappropriate? How long has it been since that person has sanitised said hand?
Apparently handshakes have been around for thousands of years - starting as a gesture to show strangers you were not holding a weapon in your dominant hand.
Now I don't expect any of my candidates to come into the office concealing weapons so maybe the handshake is out of date? As we have taken to video interviewing where there is no physical gesture, will we be able to resist holding out a hand to greet in person? Or will we do a Prince Charles and extend the hand, only to real it back in when we realise a handshake is not the 'in' thing anymore?
What will be our new norm? I'm sure video interviewing will continue long after a vaccine is discovered, but the future of handshakes? I'm not so sure...
Some even suggest that the up-and-down motion of the handshake was supposed to dislodge any knives or daggers that might be hidden up a sleeve.