A survey by Twin City Business Magazine confirmed what our clients have been sharing about working at home and returning to the office. The nature of the work highly impacts the effectiveness of working from home. Some feel they are more productive at home and they save the commute time. Others feel hampered from doing their work when they are not in the office or work setting.
Most leaders do not see ever returning to what was status quo office environments a few months ago. The investment in collaborative open offices changes the options available for return. Fortunately, many people prefer working at home at least some of the time. Open spaces allow the distribution of those who are in the office.
A mix of office and remote work can also ease the adjustment to the pandemic. Allowing social distancing with fewer people in the office makes adjustment more realistic. Closing kitchens and limiting elevator access is a bigger challenge for most.
Creativity is at it’s best when there are large challenges. We will look back at this time and say, “Remember when most of used to worked in offices all the time and …”