Working from home was once a rare perk only a small portion of the American workforce had access to, but the pandemic has allowed nearly half of workers across the country to experience the benefits of this arrangement.
Major technology firms, such as Twitter, have already made the commitment to allowing their employees to work remotely permanently. Others have extended their remote work policies until mid to late 2021.
While the tone towards remote working has undoubtedly changed in the last nine months, some workers have expressed missing socialization with colleagues and stress caused by a lack of sufficient home office space.
Younger workers are disproportionately impacted by this, especially those who are still relatively new to the workforce. Many have migrated to new cities in hopes of meeting new people, but any are stuck in small apartments working for several hours each day.
Prior to the pandemic, coffee shops were an alternative workplace solution for professionals and students alike.
Looking forward, a door of opportunities could open for coffee shops who want to accommodate young professionals eager to get work done outside of their homes.
Coffee chains should tap into this demand by expanding their stores in larger cities to create more space for workers.
Additionally, installing glass offices so small groups of people can work together could be a great alternative for those who don’t have space at home for in-person collaboration.
Also consider investing in office tools that can help with remote working, such as computer monitors, cameras for video conferencing, television screens for presentations and more.