Those of us lucky enough to be able to work from home offices during the pandemic have experienced enormous changes in our daily routines.
In the beginning, most thought that working from home would be a temporary situation. But, here we are today, more than a year out and most are still not certain when, if ever, they will be able to return to working in an office outside their homes.
Some people at first were really put out with having to work from home. Others liked the home office situation as they already had decent home offices. Others found themselves working on dining room tables amidst school-age children who also needed workspaces so they could attend school online.
Today, I don’t hear the same level of discussion about being displaced from working from a physical office.
Some workers have adjusted to reduced social interaction with co-workers and others have figured out how to carve out a productive workspace in their homes.
Without question, most of us are saving money not having to park cars, buy transit passes and pay for coffee and lunches on the go. As well, most of the people I talk to confess they are getting more sleep on a regular basis and are feeling healthier as a result.
Whatever the future holds it is hard to think that most of us will return to a five day work week in an office that we need to commute to. It’s likely that many of us configure a hybrid comprised of some days in the office and some days in the home office.
Let me know what you think your work weeks will look like post-pandemic.
Elaine Allan, BA, MBA
Technology and Business Blogger