Work habits will never be the same

Prior to the pandemic, some firms had work-from-home employees. When office shutdowns began and almost everyone was working from home, we started thinking about how to get people back to the office again.

For a while, it seemed invigorating to work from home. Then both employees and employers began to have second thoughts. For some tasks, working from home was a success. For others, the loss of camaraderie, interaction, and group-think reduced effectiveness.

It was quickly obvious the pandemic was accelerating change in what we value about our workplace. Safety, health and well-being, privacy, teamwork … all these issues were receiving renewed scrutiny.

We also learned how to use video conferences effectively and realized we could function in our jobs in many places.