This past May, Twitter announced that all employees would have the option of working from home on a permanent basis. While this was met with mixed feelings from the general public and various employees, it marked the end of the traditional work day in the office. It’s difficult to determine if companies slowly transitioning to fully remote and hybrid work schemes were pushed to do so by the pandemic. But this is the reality various employers are facing.
Working from home may initially seem like a contradictory statement; How is one supposed to be productive in a space deemed for relaxation and socialization? Yet, people have gotten creative with their spaces. In turn, they’ve also started to save money on things like commuting and childcare. Gone are the days of running out the door with a lunch bag in one hand and laptop in the other. Work in an age of COVID-19 has actually begun to imply a sense of comfort and normalcy in the privacy of one’s own space.
Students are important to factor into this conversation. Forced to resort to online learning through platforms like Zoom, they have actually been preparing for the reality of the current workforce. Group projects, breakout rooms, and synchronous lessons have been a learning curve. However, now that the bumps are mostly out of the way, what will employers have to say about incoming employees who have mastered the art of distance learning and work? Time will tell. Perhaps Twitter will set a trend among major companies. Perhaps working from home will become a thing of the past. Until then, the only zooming I’ll be doing will be on my laptop.