Facebook and Google are allowing staff to work from home till July 2021 while Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has said that 50% of Facebook employees could be working remotely within the next 5-10 years. Is working from home going to be the norm?
70% will continue to work from home after Covid-19
A survey of 500 founders of venture backed companies conducted by The Kung Group and reported in the Entrepreneur
found that 70% of founders will allow employees to continue to work remotely after the Covid-19 pandemic is brought under control with as many of 70% of former office based employees continuing to work remotely.
The survey went on to say that 76% of founders confirmed that productivity has been maintained and in some cases increased as a result of remote working and many are reconsidering their investment in office space.
Is remote / home working the new norm?
Recently the Guardian reported that at least 50,000 former office based UK employees will not return to the office until 2021 but the Law Society has pointed out that employees now have the right to ask whether it is safe to return to an office environment and many employees may not wish to do so.
There may even be tax advantages to working from home in terms of costs of gas, electricity and phone for the working area although conditions do apply.However, for those asked to return to the office who prefer working from home there are also insurance considerations and the cost of setting up an office space may not be covered by all employers.
What is clear is that this subject is seeing considerably more discussion now and it is only a matter of time before remote working or working from home will be the norm.
I have been working from home since 2006 running a consulting business and affiliate marketing business and have had no difficulty balancing the needs of running a business with the demands of being available whenever a domestic need arises but for me working from home meant converting a 3-4 hour daily commute into productive working time or time I could enjoy with family. Not everyone can slip so seamlessly into a work from home environment but there are things that can help.
For some a dedicated work space in a spare room or quiet location in the home is essential for the work mind set and for those who tend to become workaholics setting working hours is a must. It may also be a good idea to agree ground rules with the family to limit interruptions although not easy when young children are at home and the general noises of family members living normal lives can overwhelm the home working trying to focus. Be patient!
It is also important not to forget exercise. It is very easy to settle down to work at home and hours fly by. Set aside time for exercise.
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