PETERS – Here’s what we should build into our new normal post-pandemic

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THE PHRASE ‘NEW NORMAL’ has become so overused to become cliched, but there are several practices we have learned during this COVID-19 pandemic that should become our new normals, even as we leave the pandemic behind.

Staying home when we’re sick should become normalized.

It wasn’t long ago that you would be regarded as a hero if you didn’t take sick days and, conversely, suspicious if you took too much time off with illness.

People would come to work and ‘tough it out’, spreading illnesses to their coworkers and decreased productivity to their workplaces all the while.

In the future, hopefully employers and employees will be more apt to view an illness-related absence as helping their coworkers out rather than placing extra strain on them.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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