Skillsoft Blog

Coping in the New Era of Sharing Space

December 3, 2020 | by Lyndsay Mountz

As the holidays are upon us, it’s a good time to reflect on the year and get ready to say goodbye to 2020. Or should we say, “good riddance and thank goodness this year is ending.” The year 2020 has hit us all hard. It’s been a major adjustment for every one of us, especially those who’ve had to deal with health scares, loss of a loved one or a job, or exhaustion from being home all the time. The year brought some new things that we’ve had to adjust to, like wearing masks, enduring lockdowns, and social distancing. For those who have jobs, working from home and video conferencing is now the new office cube. And who could forget the great toilet paper shortage of 2020? The challenges this year has brought are many, but one topic we would like to focus on is “sharing space.”

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, people spent most of their days apart from their loved ones, either at work, school, or other activities. Kids went to classes, had after school programs, and visits with friends. Many people commuted to their workplace and some even traveled for their jobs. Now, people are faced with living, working, and educating their children alongside their family members — around the clock. Some have mentioned that it seems like we’re in the movie Groundhog Day where Bill Murray repeats the same day over and over again, and the same song plays on his radio every morning as the announcers says, “Ok campers, rise and shine.” A lot has changed in 2020 and yet some days it seems like a struggle to make each day different.

For some families, there have been funny moments perfect for storytelling when this is all over. Have you been on a video conferencing call for work and had the humbling experience of dogs, cats, kids, partners, and all kinds of other intrusions breaking into your work world? As far as homeschooling goes, I think everyone has an even greater appreciation for all that teachers do. Being a family member, worker, and teacher all day and every day in the same space is challenging.

Despite all of the difficulties, there is some good news.

The Skillsoft families have generously shared their stories and tips for surviving this era of togetherness through a new course called Sharing Space: Living, Learning, and Working at Home. Check out this complimentary resource for a lighthearted look at how some families are coping and gain some practical advice.

Remember that we are in this together, and we are here to help. From our families to yours, we wish you peace, happiness, and well-being in the new year.

Reuniting learners in the flow of work

Have you ever come across an ah-ha moment while learning on the job — one that was too important to keep to yourself? Pre-pandemic, your revelation may have happened at the office. You learned…

Read blog post

Tackle corporate learning and skills transformations with new Skillsoft tools

If you joined us for Perspectives 2021, (Don’t worry if you missed us live, you can watch many sessions on demand by registering here.) you know the biggest names in learning explored the challenges…

Read blog post

Digital Transformation: The Medium is not the Message

During a worldwide pandemic, digital transformation has leapt ahead, and businesses have been forced to keep pace. Most companies were about 10-15 years behind where they needed to be digitally when the pandemic struck, and they’ve rapidly closed that gap in the year since. Certainly, embracing new technology is key to success in the digital age. But it's important to view technology as just a means to an end, albeit a necessary one.

Read blog post