Posted May 1, 2020 by Mark Perna
If you love your new work-from-home life, here are four ways to keep it going. Mark’s article, “How To Keep Working From Home After COVID-19,” published at Forbes.com on May 1, 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic is thrusting millions of Americans into working remotely—many for the first time. If you’re one of those newly minted remote workers, you might be discovering, perhaps much to your surprise, that working from home is a refreshing change from the usual office grind.
Sure, now and then, working from home may be less than ideal. But it provides some really great perks, too. With no commute, you can enjoy a little newfound time, which for the sleep deprived, might mean some extra shut-eye. Then there’s the delightful dearth of office interruptions and distractions. (Who knew you could get so much more done?) To say nothing of cozier environs and, depending on your role or company culture, added freedom and flexibility. And that’s just for starters.
So if you find yourself wishing all those “home office” perks could last, you’re in luck. Experts at Global Workplace Analytics estimate that, by the end of 2021, up to 30% of the U.S. workforce will be working from home multiple days a week—a seismic shift considering that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, just 3.6% of the workforce were working remotely half-time or more.
Still, once the pandemic wanes in intensity, alongside society and the economy returning to some semblance of normal, your employer might resist the idea of you working remotely. And that means it’s up to you to make a case for why remote work will help you—and the company. Here are four ways to start:
In a time when public health and social restrictions are tight, working from home can create its own unexpected freedoms. If you want to keep your job remote even after the coronavirus threat has abated, this is your big chance. Don’t waste this opportunity to prove that you can be just as productive at home—maybe, even more so.