Enabling employees to Work From Anywhere
We haven’t yet beaten coronavirus, but we’re learning to live alongside it. As restaurants and other spaces outside the home reopen at greater capacity, so too are offices, at least on a limited-capacity and voluntary basis for employees. Office owners are ready and eager to welcome them back. Equipped with powerful new office cleaning supplies, owners are ensuring their spaces are safe for tenants to return. And it isn’t just office owners and corporate executives who want workers to go back to offices - it’s the workers themselves making the push.
Knowledge workers doing their jobs at home are ready for a change. The novelty of taking calls from the couch has worn off, and the mental fatigue that comes with working and living in the same space, trying to ignore distractions at home, and an extended period of isolation and loneliness has set in. Business leaders have begun to acknowledge frankly that productivity levels of employees working from home have come down significantly since March and April to below their pre-pandemic, in-office levels. It is unrealistic to send every employee back to the office five days a week again today, but clearly, corporate America needs to try something new.
Flexible working arrangements are the most compelling solution until a coronavirus vaccine is widely available - and we may find we never want to go back to the old ways of doing business after we try it. Surveys of knowledge workers indicate an overwhelming preference for hybrid arrangements that let them float between the home and the office to maximize their productivity. This is especially true for workers who, before the pandemic, spent little-to-no time working from home. They have seen the pros and cons of both extremes now, and their choice is clear: they want to be able to Work From Anywhere. It is now up to employers to enable them to do so.
“For companies, the challenge is how to empower a true Work From Anywhere culture, which is way more than the binary of ‘in office’ or ‘at home,’” writes TechCrunch’s Danny Crichton. Indeed, many companies already have expense policies that allow employees to buy equipment to help them work from home and subsidize home internet access. True Work From Anywhere, however, will include subsidizing coffee runs, Wi-Fi passes at suburban cafes, day passes at coworking facilities, and travel to different locales to work from in order to keep employees fresh and invigorated. “This new workplace flexibility is not about saving money, nor long-term social distancing,” Crichton continues. “In the end, it’s an investment in employee well-being, productivity, and ultimately, profitability.”
FlexDesk was built to help companies meet this challenge head-on. It is a platform for workers to discover and book a variety of dedicated desks and private offices for as little as one day, allowing them to test out different spaces and find the office space that meets their needs. Users want the flexibility to move between office locations as they move between different kinds of knowledge work - from days of meetings to days of presentations to days of coding - and FlexDesk enables them to do so easily.
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