When Covid-19 first hit the world, it forced offices in nearly every country to close and workers to work from home. Many senior executives were vocally terrified, fearing the transition would result in reduced productivity thus, further reduced profits. However, video meetings, collaborative documents, collaborative PowerPoint’s, screen sharing, webinars, all became the norm. Millennial’s lead this transition as most were already accustomed to utilizing these tools during their college experiences for group projects and online courses. Still the initial meetings were still slightly awkward but as time in quarantine persisted many elders not only began to see higher productivity but also, found themselves and their employees to be happier.
Improving technology and evolving expectations of work-life balance and mental health awareness has proved that working from a beach somewhere far away, with your family, comfortable clothes is improving the life of masses. This phenomenon has been termed the digital nomad. Working from home has immense benefits other than being able to be in a remote location. Remote work has increased productivity, eliminated commute, improved the environment, decreased real-estate expenses, and reduced other minute office expenses (lunch, coffee, supplies).
Many believe despite the mass tragedy of the virus their lives have improved substantially working from home. The importance of working from home is finding your schedule “flow.” In order to successfully transition you must still set daily events with co-workers like happy hour on Thursdays or coffee on Tuesdays that amplify the workspace even from the convenience of your own home. It is also important to set daily activities non-work related like a walk or yoga in order to release some endorphins.
Millennial’s value flexibility and travel. As a millennial myself, I grew up with a cellphone always in my hands and a laptop always in my bag and as long as I have my devices, I will complete my work. Thus, the daily cubicle or office ideology is quite archaic. Whilst the communal and collaborative workspace is still valuable flexibility and mental health should be equally valued. The best balance for most is somewhere in between both remote and office working. Thus, it is crucial we re-examine the benefits of remote working as a potential permanent norm post Covid-19.