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Big Businesses, Little People

This multi-part documentary explores the post-pandemic changes that businesses and people are facing.

 The COVID-19 pandemic has seemingly infected every area of people’s lives. The spread of these small droplets created a massive ripple in what we knew to be normal and its effects are still being felt today. In this documentary, we highlight how, because of COVID-19, big businesses have become extremely dependent on the little people that run them, support them, and build them. Their stories comprise this documentary, "Big Businesses, Little People."

For many individuals and businesses, the shift to remote workspaces is not temporary. Samantha Narson looks into the benefits of these changes, as remote workers learn how to maintain productivity. 

Permanently remote businesses

Before the pandemic, working from home seemed like a dream job. But as 2020 shifted that dream to reality, many discovered that it wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. Isabella Witkowich explores the shift of operating costs from businesses to employees as a long-term result of the pandemic.

Shifting costs to employees

Now that work can be remote, so can where you do it from. Isabella Witkowich looks into how the shift to permanent remote work has opened things up for rural communities.

Moving to Rural Areas

The pandemic didn’t just change businesses, it helped launch a few too. But now that things are attempting to get back to normal, Samantha Narson wanted to find out if some of these businesses will stick around.

Pandemic-related businesses

As we emerge from pandemic related restrictions, that has more people on the go, but as Gabriella Mercurio discovered, the auto industry may not have the supply to meet that growing demand.

Car lots empty

The supply chain for the auto industry is not the only area of concern coming out of the pandemic. As students look to return to the University of Florida’s campus in Gainesville in the fall, Gabriella Mercurio asked people in the scooter industry if they had the supply to meet the usual demand.

Scooters in demand

The spread of the coronavirus spurred a change unlike anything the business world has seen in the past century – one where every worker, industry, field and community felt its ripple. And it may not be done changing as cases rise and variants spread.

Gabriella is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.
Isabella is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.
Samantha is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.