As the world has responded to COVID19, working life has instantly shifted from offices and co-working to working from home (WFH). While this trend has been on the rise over recent years the immediate, en masse shift exposes the benefits (and challenges) to a far wider range of the population than ever before. This will lead to significant change in people’s work habits and expectations. As more people become comfortable with working remotely, they will expect to be able to do so more often. This will change the way we design and use our workplaces, schools and homes. While we expect the physical changes to offices and classrooms to happen over time, the changes to our homes could be far more rapid.
We now have an opportunity to make sure the changes to our cities are for the better by interrogating which new habits we want continue.
People are spending less time flying, driving and commuting and more time with their families, cooking, baking and yes, even working more than ever before. The time and flexibility saved by reducing physical travel is enormous, let alone the environmental impact. Once the quarantines are over, this flexibility will continue as we realize we don’t need to spend the 9-5 in the office.