Last week was the first full week back after the holidays for much of the work force in the USA. Quite a few companies have asked their employees to work from home for the forseeable future due to Covid 19. I was able to work from home in the before Covid times so I already had a pretty simple set up. When I was carving out my work nook I was looking for pieces that would blend with my decor and not take up too much space. I went with black and wood tones and utilitarian pieces that would last.
I used to go into the office about 2-3 times a week depending on what I had going on. I don’t miss the traffic. I do miss my office lunch buddies and our after work outings. I have some co-workers who can’t wait to get back to their office. They are usally the ones dealing with kids doing virtual school and sharing space with their partners and they are struggling with the comingling of their work and home lives. What I’ve found works for me on my good days is to plan when I’m going to start, what I’m going to wear and what time I’m going to finish. I also try to keep certain days(Mondays and Fridays) meeting free.
I don’t see the incentive for most industries to have their employees come back to the office full time so I think WFH is going to be the norm going forward. It will be interesting to see how that affects salaries, job objectives and staffing hours especially for women who always seem to get the short end of the stick. I found an interesting article about that here. It will also be interesting to see how the residential real estate market is going to be impacted. Think about how many people had to work out a schedule with roommates or had to claim some space on their kitchen table because WFH was new to them and we were in the middle of a pandemic so they had no place else to go. Time will tell but in the meantime here’s a tip I got from a friend who also works from home, “I’m sorry but my camera isn’t working should we continue or do you wan’t to reschedule… 🙃.
Stay safe and have a great week.