Everyone has been talking a lot about the current situation and what its impact will be on the future of workplaces and how people work. The answers will, of course, manifest over many months and years.
While the impact on company offices and co-working spaces will, at the very least, be an even bigger drive to create the best spaces in order to attract and retain the best working talent, one of the main points will surely be that people regard WFH as a real option now. In the world of workplace interiors, we’ve been hearing about flexible working for many years but very few companies seem to practice it in reality, despite suggesting they do in their marketing.
As we come out of the world’s largest-scale test of working from home, people will begin to use their right to work at home on occasion. And why not, as now we know for real that it can work incredibly well. It will be a relief to people who are on a neurodiverse scale (we all are, but you take my point). It could alleviate some of the stress associated with work such as the commute, noise interruptions, child-care challenges, having tasks dumped on us that aren’t our tasks…we’ve all been there…the effect could be huge if put into practice permanently*. It’s estimated that billions are lost in the UK economy to work absences related to stress. Perhaps that could see a decline, if people begin to take control of their working environment.
* All of these pros alone can be dug into further: Paternity/Maternity leave! Anxiety issues! Diverse workforces! Congestion in cities! Work opportunities for the disabled! Work opportunities in rural areas!