Working From Home is Becoming the Norm
With the Covid-19 outbreak, the government has urged the public to stay home and asked businesses to close offices, forcing companies to have employees to work from home. In mid-February, 46% of American businesses implemented remote-work policies, and as the virus surged more businesses sent employees home to work. Tech giant Google, JP Morgan, Facebook and Twitter are just a few of the companies with remote working policies. Other companies have followed in their footsteps. Google and Facebook have had so much success with this new arrangement that they are allowing staff to work from home until the end of 2020. Twitter has said if any of their employees want to continue to work from home “forever,” then the company will make it happen.
For years, the mentality was that working from home meant an employee was stealing from the boss and being present face to face in the office was the best value. However, remote employees are proving they can be more productive, complete complex tasks, and manage their time more effectively at home. Under the current circumstances, as businesses begin to reopen, they are going to find it difficult to conduct “business as usual” and many will need to adapt and restructure the workplace if they are to stay open. The Coronavirus seems to be shifting the dynamics of the traditional workplace model and experts believe the flexibility of remote working will be beneficial to both employees and businesses over the long term.
With the current work-from-home policies and the expectation this will continue into the foreseeable future, having a home office has become more important in real estate. Now more than ever, homebuyers are actively searching for homes set up with an office or one that can accommodate a new office. Whether you are planning on moving from your home or not, having a comfortable home office benefits you while adding value to your home. So, how does one create a home office that you will love?