The fact that millions of people have worked from home in the last two years is not so much the result of normal development as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. The crisis has extremely accelerated the development that was taking place anyway. Numerous surveys indicate that many workers want to continue to take advantage of remote work in the future. This is because it brings with it numerous advantages.
Contrary to what some employers still think, many employees find the quiet away from the open office beneficial to their productivity.
Avoid travel time:
Due to increasingly demanded flexibility in the job market, travel times of more than 30 minutes are the rule rather than the exception. Not having to leave home in the morning, therefore, means an enormous gain in time and often money, for car & gasoline or bus tickets, as well.
Balancing work and family life requires good time management. Working in a home office creates flexibility and makes it easier to organize family and job.
Millions of commuters travel across the country every single day, whether to work or to visit customers. This is associated with large amounts of CO2. An increase in remote work and video conferencing instead of driving or flying to clients offers enormous savings opportunities for the benefit of climate protection.
The office is not only a place to work, but also to socialize with colleagues. One of the most frequently cited negatives of working from home is social isolation during the workday. This is one of the reasons why co-working spaces are becoming increasingly popular among freelancers.
Separation between work and free time:
working from any location, the company laptop always with them – the separation between work and free time is thus becoming increasingly difficult. As a result, remote workers often feel more stressed than people who mentally end their workday when they leave the company office. Or work less productively because they are at the beach/home and get constantly distracted by the environment.
At Burst, we don’t believe the office will extinct. On the contrary, we are convinced that it will continue to be an important contact point for employees. However, the office will primarily function as a central meeting place to exchange ideas with colleagues, plan projects and share ideas. In our new office, we have focused on open spaces, lounges and a relaxed atmosphere, so that our employees feel comfortable but still have the possibility to work from home or remotely if they want to.