Working from home has become an essential weapon in keeping our communities and economy healthy. When the pandemic is over, one in six workers is estimated to continue to work from home, at least partially, according to a recent survey by researchers at the Harvard Business School. And that expectation may increase. According to Stewart Butterfield, CEO and co-founder of Slack:
“Our Future Forum research of 4,700 knowledge workers found the majority never want to go back to the old way of working. Only 12% want to return to full-time office work, and 72% want a hybrid remote-office model moving forward.”
Personal choice of where one works has become essential. The pandemic has impacted every individual differently, so offering ways to support employees with the flexibility to work from home is a meaningful benefit. Whether it’s due to high-risk family members, homeschooled children, or understanding deepset fears, giving people the opportunity to work from home demonstrates that an employer cares.
So how does this shift impact the remodeling industry?
By promoting online design sessions and virtual walk-throughs we are able to limit exposure to our staff and clients. Simultaneously, we are offering these new services to our busier clients for whom scheduling has always been difficult. Embracing remote services will lead to greater advancements in our industry over the next several years.
Beyond our internal operations, new types of projects will emerge in the work from home world. We may see an influx of new types of clients, innovative uses of space, and more.
Some of us will miss the company, friendships, and regular social interaction. But with the reduction in traffic, mileage, pollution, and potential viral exposure, others will be hard to convince to come back into the office – especially now that they know their jobs can be completed at home. But don’t pack up and move just yet. Face-to-face interaction will always facilitate collaboration, build relationships, and generate new ideas. The future is about remaining flexible and being prepared for whatever unexpected events are to come.
If you are in need of a new home office contact us today.