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Over the past decade there's been a growth in 'remote' working as well as companies allowing working from home for one or two days per week. With the coronavirus, that change has been accelerated and tested fully, as we are all at home. Of course it doesn't work for all roles or job types, but certainly for the visual design industry it's technically no problem.
Do you think remote/work from home is here to stay? Do you see it growing? Or do you think we'll all be back to our open plan offices this time next year, commuting into crowded metropolitan cities and paying extortionate amounts in rent just to be within a reasonable commute time of the office?
I was talking about this with someone earlier today (with social distancing in effect, of course).
I had to deal with BT the other day and spoke to some Welsh girl who was in her pyjamas, working from home, rather than whatever call-centre it was she usually went to work at.
"Why not do that in future?", I thought.
I think it will play a much bigger part but I see it being more of a compliment to having a central office that perhaps you just go to for important briefings or design sprints.
You miss quite a lot of idea exchanges being home alone but then that never affected Macaulay Culkin.
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It's been a normal option and way of life at my company for years now, so we were uniquely prepared for this nationwide from a technology standpoint. People like myself, unfortunately, actually relied on the office more than others, so this kinda sucks.
I miss being in the office for human reasons but I hope this sheds light on the fact that we could all work from home easily now and then.
Honestly, nothing beats working in my underwear. Fortunately, I updated my rig last year, so working from home is ideal.
But I do want to return to the studio since I was just granted my own office about two weeks before lock down and wanted to redo the workspace.