In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies around the world closed their office doors and transitioned their employees to work from the home business model. Employees had to quickly adjust their living spaces to fit the needs of a “home office” set up and operate the same as if they were in the office, even though they were in a different setting, with different tools.
Instead of in-person meetings, employees had to navigate days spent on video conferencing calls and learn how to get work done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Some had worked from home before, so the adjustment to working 40 hours a week from home wasn’t too difficult. For others, it was a new experience and involved a sharp learning curve. This was especially true for parents or guardians responsible for children whose schooling also went virtual.
A Year On … Will WFH Be Here to Stay?
We are now a year into the pandemic and It’s not lost on many that working from home may become an integral part of the “new normal” within the workforce. Some companies have already started opening their office doors or are making plans to open this summer. With the reopening, working from home options may still be available.
Closing office doors and having employees work from home seemed like a quick fix—a temporary solution. It was never imagined that office doors could be closed for months and months. But it happened, and as a result, working from home turned into a longer, more indefinite way of working.
With increased interest in and attention to working from home, it’s important that employees have the best setup for their work from home space. Say good-bye to the makeshift office you set up months ago and hello to a more dynamic way of working.
We’ve compiled a few tips on creating a work-from-home (WFH) space, set up for your comfort and productivity. Now is the time to make a long-term investment in your future of working and create a space conducive to remote work.