Has COVID19 triggered the end of the workplace as we know it?
Remote working has been a growing trend in recent years, but with the COVID19 pandemic and the subsequent Shelter in Place (SIP) orders, it has instantly become the norm for the majority of Californians. Will things return to normal as SIP restrictions are reduced, or will long daily commutes into the office be altered forever?
Here are 3 reasons why we think our daily work lives may never return to “normal”:
- Working from home is better for employees
The average commute time in California is more than an hour a day. That is equal to commuting, in your car, for 24 hours a day…for 10 days straight every year! The average costs of commuting in California have now exceeded $7000 a year. Places like San Francisco and Fremont exceed $12,000 a year.
- Expanding remote work policies are better for companies
Office rents have steadily climbed across California, and in San Francisco companies pay an average of close to $80 a square foot. In short, prior to Covid-19, companies were paying an average of $9500 to house each employee in an office. As the fallout from Covid-19 continues, this cost will skyrocket as new legislation is expected to dramatically reduce the concentration of employees in offices. Remote work from home strategies will be key to control expenses as properly sanitizing and maintaining large offices will become a significant expense. In addition, the competition for attracting top talent is more fierce than ever. Companies that embrace creative and flexible working solutions will retain and attract the best talent.
- Working remotely is better for the environment
The average commute is 17 miles a day and cars consume an average of 24.9 MPG. Californians are burning 2.6M gallons of fossil fuels every day. Recent studies have found that anywhere between 12,700 and 26,000 Californians die every year due to poor air quality. Fewer people commuting will not only result in a reduction in carbon emissions but could also save lives.
What are the challenges?
The obvious challenge when working remotely is the need for a private space. It’s a necessity to focus and be as productive as possible. It’s been well documented, since Covid-19 sent us all to work from home, that participating in video conference meetings in a house bustling with kids, working from makeshift desks, or even taking “refuge” in uninsulated garages is a significant challenge to be productive. Most Californians simply don’t have the space available at home as we have the highest cost of housing in the country.
SonderPods believes they have the solution with SonderWorkForce.
SonderPods is a California certified modular housing builder, and may just have the solution to make working from home truly mainstream. “Companies have become more and more supportive of employees working from home but they have never had the solution to really ensure that their remote employees can focus and remain productive” says SonderPods CEO, Ed Stevenson. “We’ve developed a fully remote working solution called SonderWorkForce. It allows companies to confidently embrace remote work forces without the usual drawbacks. With our SonderWork range of home offices, we are solving the challenge of being productive while working remote, and we are providing anend to end solution for companies to develop effective remote working strategies”
With SonderWorkForce, from as little $599 a month, companies are leasing high end, fully insulated and air conditioned home offices and providing them to remote employees. Each SonderWork office has integrated video conferencing capabilities and many other design features to maximise employee satisfaction and productivity at the same time as ensuring data and network security. These modular offices are delivered and installed in just one day and if the employee leaves then the office can be easily removed and moved to another location or stored awaiting it’s next tenant.
“Companies don’t want the hassle of managing hundreds of home offices so we take care of everything for them, we install, remove, maintain and manage the units all for one fixed monthly fee giving companies predictability of expenses and flexibility as employees join and leave for other jobs”
SonderPods has also developed programs that allow companies to improve employee retention including allowing employees to “earn” ownership of the office if they stay with the company for a predetermined period of time.
SonderPods plans to deliver more than 500 home offices in 2020 starting June 1st and aims to ramp production to more than 2000 in 2021.
If you would like to learn more about SonderWorkForce for your company, please get in touch and one of our representatives will be more than happy to help.