It seems like COVID-19 has affected almost every aspect of our lives…the way we interact with others, how we spend our spare time, our views on health and wellbeing and the way we work too.
Before a global pandemic hit, for many of us working in an office meant early mornings, mad dashes to get out of the house and long commutes to the office. However, having to stay and work from home has forced us to abandon the office culture and instead create functional offices within our homes.
This shift in our working patterns has been embraced by many, including some big firms such as Twitter who are happy with their staff working from home. It’s easy to see the benefits – the ability to work without having commutes to contend with, gone are the days for the requirement of smart (and often uncomfortable) office attire and there’s no costly office rent or rates to pay either. However, it’s likely that ease of communication and concerns surrounding productivity have been responsible for a preference towards working in offices. Having everyone under one roof allowed for quick and easy networking, whilst the work carried out was able to be more easily monitored.
Of course, working from home isn’t without its challenges (and a healthy dose of technology too). It’s fair to say that the concept of holding meetings and conferences as standard over communication software would be hard to believe a couple of years ago, but lots of businesses have made it work. Now, instead of walking to a colleague’s desk to ask a question, you can simply use the relevant software to have a chat, albeit virtually. Being able to adapt to this new way of working is just as much us getting used to this kind of approach as it is getting the work done itself.
If you’re familiar with how virtual assistants work, you may be reading this and wondering how working from home affects us. After all, our very title reveals that we’ve always worked remotely, so we’ve never had a need to work in a physical office…you could say we didn’t need a pandemic to tell us how advantageous working from home can be! We’re well accustomed to being productive and getting tasks done from home, whilst never compromising on the quality of our work. We also keep in regular contact with our clients, so there’s no need to worry about not being able to get in touch with us – we’re pretty tech-savvy!
It will be interesting to see what happens in the future when it comes to our working habits. Will some businesses ditch the office and move to working from home full-time? Will it be a return to ‘business as usual’? Or will jobs such as being a virtual assistant become increasingly prevalent? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, if you’re considering hiring a virtual assistant for your business, why not get in touch: 07510 589 911 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find out more about Pink Star PA and all the services on offer right here on the website or by taking a look at Facebook and Instagram.