Snezana Pavkovic: Working from home during the state of emergency in Serbia

Snezana Pavkovic is the director of the Citizens’ Association Timok Club. Like many others, she transferred her work from the office and conference rooms to her home. In the morning, she acts like she was at the office, she responds to emails, prepares the posts and promotions for social networks, since that’s the only way she can reach out to the customers. Previously, she and her associates traveled frequently. Now, activities have been minimized, they work through social networks or through video calls.

In addition to her home responsibilities, Sne┼żana is dedicated to creative and useful work. She remembered some of her old skills. She sews the cotton masks for her acquaintances and neighbors from the building. She spends much more time with her family doing activities such as social games, watching movies, making plans for the post-pandemic times.

As a manager, she made the decision to work from home even before the state of emergency was declared. She also tries to influence her family members to follow the measures urged by the experts in order to protect the people in their environment, and to protect themselves as well. Sometimes she finds herself being paranoid following Covid-19 portals that show the numbers of infected and deaths, but she always manages to successfully get out of it. The number of deaths caused by cancer, flu, car accidents, and starvation on a daily basis is much higher. She empathizes with people who have lost their loved ones in times like these when they cannot burry them according to social and religious norms.

When it comes to social distancing, socializing has come down to online communication and video calls, but on the other hand, she spends more time with her family, which is good. Perhaps this has more impact on young people who are more in need of socializing than seniors since the schools are closed and such. In the city itself, most people follow the rules of social isolation, they mostly go out for supplies and with every new day less people can be seen in the parks and promenades.

The first thing that Snezana will do when all this is over is to meet her friends at a restaurant and spend a lot of time outdoors walking. Snezana’s views on Serbia’s future as part of Wesley Channell’s photo exhibition “Portraits of Serbia: Hope for the Future” can be read at the following link: http://portraitsofserbia.rs/en/stories/snezana-6/

Up until today, nearly 200,000 people have been recovered from the coronavirus, and around 50,000 have been registered with death as the outcome. There are approximately 700,000 active cases worldwide.

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