The covid-19 outbreak has completely transformed the way we live our lives, right down to the way we work. Many employees began working from home to limit contact and stop the virus spreading. Now over a year from the first lockdown, remote and flexible working has become the new “normal”.
The pandemic has undoubtedly justified remote working. With restrictions lifted, people are now thinking about when – and if – they should return to the office full-time. To continue working at home, many people will need a permanent home office to stay focused, motivated and comfortable.
What Is The “New Normal”?
No one is 100% sure what the “new normal” will be, but we can be certain that our previous way of life will be completely transformed. The way we travel, work, and socialise has changed so much it’s unlikely that we will go back to normal any time soon.
Although restrictions have been lifted, people remain cautious and continue to upkeep a high level of sanitation. It already feels second nature to use hand sanitiser when entering and exiting public buildings so it makes sense that people will carry on with this kind of routine in their day-to-day life.
In regards to returning to work, it is likely that a significant number of the population will choose to continue working at home in some capacity post-pandemic. There is a trend in the number of businesses offering ‘hybrid’ ways of working to their employees that combine remote work and time in the office.
Remote Work Is a Permanent Option
An element of remote working will naturally be a permanent option to keep people safe following the pandemic. A hybrid working solution, for example, provides people with the best of both worlds by spending half their working hours in the office and the rest remote working.
Remote working has many benefits to wellbeing and quality of life. Working from home can offer a better work-life balance as there is no time spent commuting and you can work in an environment of your choosing. As well as the personal benefits, less people driving to and from work has reduced the amount of cars on the road. This has decreased carbon emissions resulting in a positive effect on the environment.
Less Commercial Office Space Required
With the rise of remote working, businesses will need less commercial office space. It will be more cost-effective for companies to sub-let space or even sell/move out the office completely. This is a great solution for businesses with a remote workforce as it cuts down the cost of rent and utilities that won’t be needed as more people work remotely. As part of the “new normal”, some companies may consider eliminating set desks. Instead, they may opt for an open plan office with hot desks. This is a cost-effective way to give staff who want to come into the office an appropriate workspace.
The Rise Of The Home Office
Remote working is only viable for those who have a designated space to work from home. For those who choose to work at home, it’s important that they can work without distraction in a designated space such as a home or garden office. This provides people with a designated space away from interruptions and distractions that could hinder their work.
With remote working becoming a more permanent fixture, a home office is an ideal way to create a designated workspace. Some might have the option to transform a spare room into an office, but those who don’t have a room to spare may look at converting a shed or shipping container to create a personal office.
Our Predictions For The Future
Covid has created a historic shift in the way we work. We predict that with so many people choosing to work remotely, there will be more demand for dedicated home offices. Converted shipping containers are ideal for a home office. They are easy to install and often don’t need planning permission as they are classed as temporary structures. It can be customised with windows, doors, electrics, and fixtures – everything you need to have a perfect working office.