The pandemic has had a clear influence on the amount of people who now work from home. All things considered, all research seems to point in the same direction: the amount of people who work from home at least one day a week will certainly increase. It is estimated that by the end of 2021, 25% to 30% of the work force will be performing their duties from the comfort of their own home (Source: Global Workplace Analytics, April 2020). 75% of financial directors want their employees who were working from the office before the coronavirus pandemic to switch to remote work after it (Source: Gartner).
Simultaneously, many countries are introducing national policies to attract foreign remote workers. The government of Barbados, for example, has announced a new initiative for 12-month work visas. Spain and Japan are also investing in improving their Wi-Fi infrastructure. In the case of Japan, the country has rolled out a programme to entice international teleworkers to come, stay and work in accommodation in its national parks.
Alongside this new phenomenon, the furniture rental sector is poised to keep growing. By way of example, Fernish, a rental company, recorded a 315% increase in orders for home office equipment during the pandemic-hit months of 2020.
Workspaces will become integrated into properties, while ironing out the creases made evident since the onset of the crisis. Finding a separation between work and personal life is one of the matters that must be solved. A quarter of British workers believe that there is too much of an overlap between work and personal life, making it difficult for them to switch off, 13% greater than pre-Covid levels. Mental health professionals are already worried about so-called “Zoom fatigue” as one of the main causes of stress. However, research has found that we are 12% more productive when working from home, especially during moments requiring greater concentration (Source: Gensler Research Institute).
The introduction of home offices has required finding solutions for easily integrating and hiding the office in the home, like flexible products that have multiple uses, both in work and in other aspects of our private life. Health will also be key, as witnessed by a 2,484% rise in searches for “ergonomic office chairs” and a 942% increase in searches for “folding desks” during the pandemic.
Simple and practical division solutions that enable us to quickly reconfigure spaces and create more multifunctional rooms.
This portmanteau of closet and office deals with small workspaces that can be hidden in wardrobes or built into kitchens, helping establish a clearer separation between work and personal life.
This is one of the most important aspects to consider when devising workspaces in the home.
Small solutions for work that do not take up a large space at home.
The entry of work into our home life has given rise to various points of contention, such as finding it difficult to disconnect and sharing the space with others. Although much has been said of flexible offices and open spaces, there is also a real need to physically separate them.