The WNH Workplace

Rhonda Remote: “Gee, I’m homesick!” 

Randy Remote: “But don’t you work from home?”

Rhonda: “Yes! And I’m sick of it!”

I was reminded of this old joke this week when a potential member called me asking about workplace options.  She has been working from home since March 2019 and said she was going stir-crazy being in the same place with the same people 24/7. 

“I want to look forward to coming home again, to actually miss it when I’m away”, she said.

Who can relate? 

As wonderful as it has been to be home-based — buh-bye horrid commute! — and to be close by if our children or other family members need us, most of us are really tired of rigging up our homes, and our sanctuaries into professional full-time workplaces.

As we roll into the ninth month of the pandemic with a huge surge in cases causing officials to enact more restrictive protocols, remote work or work from home (WFH) is still the way to work for the near future. Who would have thought, way back in March, that we would still be in the trenches of this crisis? I am not alone in assuming that we would have been well into the transition phase of the new workplace. 

We will get through this, of course—what is our alternative really? Looking for a silver lining, I had to dig deep, and am realizing that we, as a society, now have more time to plan for the post-COVID workplace. We can make a more considered plan, not just a knee-jerk reaction, to a new way of working.

The Early Days

In March, with the suddenness of the lockdown, most companies were caught off-guard and scrambled to provide their employees with guidelines and equipment to work from their own homes.  Predictably, there were varying degrees of success, with those companies who were already allowing WFH or Work From Anywhere (WFA) having a head start over those companies who had been slowly considering or actively resisting anything other than the traditional workplace.

Over the ensuing months, employers figured out ways to help their employees stay productive at home—buying ergonomic furniture and paying for WIFI boosting devices, just two of the things I heard about from potential members.  I have also fielded many calls from employers who are preparing for the post-COVID world by changing their long-time corporate real estate strategy of having all employees work in one main office in an urban center to a “hub and spoke” strategy.

A Middle Ground

One of the latest ideas to emerge is the Work Near Home (WNH) workplace.  Instead of the two options, corporate office vs. home office, both with serious negative aspects, a third option is rapidly gaining traction. The WNH workplace is a space in a flexible workspace center that is NEAR your home, so you get the benefits of working from home — no commute, flexibility to provide family care— without the pesky detriments of poor WIFI, inadequate furniture and equipment, and family disruptions.

  • Private office memberships, fully furnished with lots of amenities;
  • Virtual office plans that allow you to choose from a variety of different workspaces—carrels, cafe tables, and comfy soft seating with desk top attached;
  • Business Address Plan for a professional address for all your letters, packages, and documents AND gives you 50% off meeting room space so you pay as you go.

Most of our plans include 24/7 access with your own key fob so you can work when it is convenient for you.

The End is In Sight

So, when we get to the other side of this pandemic, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, look forward to a workplace that is close to your home. A better work/life balance is possible.

About Office Evolution

At Office Evolution, we provide virtual office, coworking, and private office solutions at our shared office center. We offer meeting rooms, offices for rent, hot desking in a shared workspace coworking lounge, a shared reception, a business address, and virtual receptionist services. We have many options and price points, and all terms are flexible. Plus, you become part of a community of like-minded professionals.