Homeworking. Is it the new norm?
As we see the ever-changing landscape of our working environment evolve we soon realise that businesses need to adapt.
Having the next Google office has been a big thing for many companies and the drive to have the best has been fierce. New talent demands a space to enjoy, a place that helps them to be creative, collaborate and engage with each other. Long has gone the blue tiled carpets and beech furniture; replaced with wooden floors, bean bags and maybe a spot of table tennis or a slide. All of this effort to help people feel that their office space is more homely, a place where they enjoy spending over 7 hours a day and place to be proud of.
A lot has changed (for the better) but now we see another turn, a pivot.
More people have worked from home in the last few months than ever before. Their home is now their place of work. With no escape. Their office is most likely somewhere they can sit, a sofa, a bed, a floor, a sun lounger (in more recent weather) or a DIY desk, just like this one.
And with the latest announcements from Twitter and Google to state that their teams can work from home forever, then something is going to change.
How will the new home office look? Who will pay for it?
For the first time, for a lot of people, an office or space to work will become ever more important to them.
People will want that creative space, a place to be free, to focus, to enjoy, to feel at work. Could a show home with a creative office or workspace be something that gets people thinking? Will there be dedicated space in new builds to support this movement? Or do we need to assign a small nook, loft or under the stairs space to help seal the deal?