Managing workplace disruption has become an overnight priority as COVID-19 pandemic protocols have become the new normal. The boundaries of how far organizations thought wellbeing and flexible workplace policies could stretch have been extended beyond what was ever thought possible. Even organizations like universities and utilities, with more traditional workplace cultures, are directing staff to work remotely in an effort to keep employees safe and slow the spread of the virus. Organizations that already had a substantial work-from-home population are also finding the need to quickly and unexpectedly expand their remote work programs to keep their teams collaborative for an undetermined amount of time.
Home office style embodies your comfort zone. With working from home becoming the new normal, a home office is a great opportunity to create an environment that fits your unique personality, workstyle and inspire more productivity. Architectural Digest has assembled a collection of truly inspired home offices that will give you a starting point to transform your in-home workspace into something extraordinary. The mobile lifestyle of today makes it easier to work from anywhere. Even if you commute daily to an office in the city, work still may find its way home. Retreating to a secluded space within your home to finish up a project or just acquire more focus on the details of a proposal is just the way we work today.
The home office is now a fixture in most homes. It’s a standard on floor plans. Whether starting your own business or telecommuting, 25 million call the office “home” at least part of the week. Just over 2 million self employed people work from home. And that number is on the rise.
On the March 12, 1967 episode of the CBS show “The 21st Century” Walter Cronkite – arguably America’s most famous news anchor – gave a tour of what the home office of the 21st Century might be like. The Cronkite home office furniture was oddly like the modular offices of today, with electronics on all surfaces. These devices resembled today’s computer monitors, both in looks and the data people would peruse from their desks – news, weather, stock reports. His last words were that “with equipment like this in the home of the future, we may not have to go to work; the work would come to us….. and no home would be complete without a Computerized Communications Console.”