For many, now working from home, as opposed to driving to and from an office every day, is the new norm.
The article below investigates the possibilities that may come to be in the future, after eventual lifting of contact restrictions has occurred, and the question of permanently working from home becomes a serious issue for many businesses and individuals.
From the article:" ... it looks increasingly as if the situation will not ever go back to how it was: many employees for companies who have sent all staff home are already starting to question why they had to go in to the office in the first place."
"Overall, working from home doesn’t change your day-to-day work, it just means you’ll be doing it from a different environment.”
“Millions of people will get the chance to experience days without long commutes, or the harsh inflexibility of not being able to stay close to home when a family member is sick … This might be a chance for a great reset in terms of how we work.”
But also“I’ve worked 100% remote before,” said one tech industry worker who has been sent home, “and there comes a point where even an introvert would like to see another human.”
The article continues with examples of what specific companies are doing in this area right now, and addresses concerns over the likely need for increased bandwidth and other technical issues for homeworkers, should their numbers increase dramatically, especially if large numbers of sent-home schoolchildren are also now homeschooling, in effect, over the web.
It then closes with discussion of some of the apps out there that are available to assist in setting up company work-from-home arrangements.
Obviously, this would work only for occupations where it's feasible (plumbers and deliverymen will never work from home), and whether or not it comes to happen is, of course, still very hypothetical.
But it also may not be all that off-topic for this forum, since if one works from home, it would seem to be much easier to arrange PCa appointments and treatments, without having to clear time with an employer.
Arguably there would be some other pluses, such as less traffic to and from a workplace resulting in less pollution, fewer accidents, lower insurance rates, etc. A significant drop in the spread of (and need to treat) communicable diseases spread in offices., etc. And more.
And what happens when companies realize they can save considerable money by not having to heat buildings, run cafeterias, provide parking lots, etc., since their employees are all, or many of them, working from home now? Would savings suggest that it make sense for many of them to have only a work-at-home work force now?
Questions that many companies will need to address when we're on the other side of the pandemic. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/mar/13/covid-19-could-cause-permanent-shift-towards-home-working