Let’s assume that you have decided not to bring all your employees back to work in your company-owned offices.
Only you know the reasons you have made that decision, but some considerations like these have probably come into play:
- Some of your employees are fearful about commuting risks, and you are eager to find ways to shorten, or even eliminate most of, their commuting time.
- You have opted for a phased startup and will allow some of your employees to come back into your offices next week, in two weeks, next month, etc. In the meantime they will be working . . . but where?
- During the last few months, you have discovered that some of your people are doing their jobs so well remotely that you have decided to let them continue to do that.
- You are paying for office space you are not using, and have decided to cut back and allow people to work from other locations.
Your People Will Work Remotely . . . But Where Will They Be?
Of course, you are probably considering having employees work from their homes - perhaps like they have been doing during the period of shutdown during the pandemic.
But there are other options. Let’s consider some that might not be on your radar:
Partner offices - As we get back to work, many companies have office space that they are not fully using. Renting that space or bartering to use it can be a very economical and cost-effective way to provide working space for your employees who do not want to commute to your company location or locations. The companies you partner with to share space could be your suppliers or vendors, your accountant or attorney, or even businesses that are owned by your friends. Partnering with them - perhaps by allowing their employees to log time in your locations too, can represent a mutually beneficial, win/win solution.
Employees’ churches, temples, mosques and other religious institutions - If your employees are members, chances are they can arrange to use an unused office or other space, perhaps by paying a small fee.
Campuses, libraries and other non-commercial options - These can limit some work activities, including talking on the phone. However they can be economical options or, in some cases, even free. Note that if you are thinking about having an employee or a small group of them work in a student union or other campus setting, clear your plans ahead of time with that institution.
Shared offices in homes - Your employees can work alongside friends and neighbors in spaces that are located in each other’s homes. This option can allow employees to work alongside other people and enjoy some of the social benefits of being connected to other people on the job.
And Don’t Forget Solutions from KettleSpace
If you have plans to have your employees work outside your office, speak with us. We are here to explain and customize a range of solutions we have developed to help you get back to work fully and efficiently as our country recovers from the Covid-19 shutdown.