Just a few weeks ago, the ability to work from home was a perk or an as-needed benefit. Now, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, every employee with the ability to work remotely is doing so — and largely winging it. Companies are now scrambling to meet the needs of a work-from-home employee base, from equipment to security to space concerns, as their workers transition all at once.
While a migration from the traditional office to working remotely from home or any other location was already under way, with nearly a quarter of Americans working from home at least some of the time in 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the global pandemic has accelerated the trend basically overnight. According to a recent HP survey, 96% of office employees are now working from home, and 63% are doing it without a dedicated work space. And everyone else is also now at home (spouses, roommates, pets, and kids). As a result, companies are now being challenged to maintain employee productivity, safety, and security while being nimble enough to continue adjusting to a new workplace — or workplace-less — dynamic.