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.
At first, some were upset about having to work from home. Others liked the idea a lot as they could perform their jobs without the commute. Others had little option but to work off the dining room tables amidst school-age children who also needed home-based workspace so they could attend school online.
Without question, most of us are saving money by not having to park cars, buy transit passes and pay for coffee and lunches on the go. Some are getting more sleep and are feeling healthier as a result — something they wouldn’t want to give up if the world ever goes back to normal.
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.
Elaine Allan, BA, MBA
Technology & Business Blogger