Remote work is here to stay. Or at least, hybrid remote work is likely to become an integral part of workplace strategies going forward.
But there are still important questions to answer and challenges to overcome. Like, is home-based remote work sustainable? If our homes become our office, what are the long term consequences on wellbeing? Who is going to pay for the household utility costs?
There is also an imbalance, as not every home has adequate space for a long-term work environment.
The solution could be right outside our front doors. Rather than expecting people to transform their homes into offices, a work near home approach could be far more comfortable and productive.
And there are plenty of spaces that are fit for the job.
Coworking is the obvious choice. But there are also many hospitality venues that would value the extra footfall, like hotel rooms, event spaces, and bars or restaurants during daytime hours.
This approach will help workers preserve their homes for relaxation and family time, and set the foundation for a long-term and sustainable flexible working model.