When Covid first picked up steam, a lot of us figured that any changes to our daily lives would be temporary. However, six months later, things are feeling a lot different. And in no realm is this more true than when it comes to work and the rise of home offices.
Home offices, in the early days of the pandemic, were makeshift operations. Perhaps a repurposed corner of the kitchen table, or a desk that you share with your partner or roommates. Zoom calls were conducted out in the open, which led to lots of feature appearances from dogs, kids, and family. But, given a few months, all of those quick fixes started to feel a bit inadequate. If you’re like me, I didn’t really have any office space to speak of until the beginning of the summer, when I caved and finally bought a real desk.
And as our home offices becomes semi-permanent, it’s important that we shift our thinking and start to treat that space as a real office. Whether this means getting a lock on the door, upgrading your webcam, or buying a decent office chair, we’re spending a lot of time in our home offices and it’s time to invest in them.
Your surroundings and atmosphere while you do work is linked to your productivity and happiness. When you feel comfortable, excited, and inspired by your home office, you are ensuring your best possible performance at work. While we do believe that the office is not obsolete, and that someday we will all go back to work physically, it may be a while. And why not make the most of that time by organizing your space, introducing color to your walls, and making your home office somewhere that you want to be.
The Covid Pivot
As an organization that mobilizes art rentals for corporate spaces that then fund our art programs in local public schools, the onset of Covid and the suspension of most in-person work spaces became a bit of a pickle. While the conditions on the ground vary, our art rental services have continued to motor ahead, in a few ways.
When we checked in with our good friend and client Rebekah Kohmescher, CEO of Altair Advisers, she let us know that most of her staff was working from home, something we had anticipated. That’s why we decided to only slightly pivot our core art rental service to allow our clients to have their employees take a piece of art to their home office for as long as they are working remotely. Cool, right?!
Rebekah loved the pivot, and now we’re working with them for a 5th year in a row while selecting new art for their employees and helping to fund more of our free art programming in local schools. A huge win-win!
You can still rent art for your offices as always, but now we have this new way to help leaders really support and engage their team by showing they care that their home office be an engaging, professional space for their own work and any Zoom calls.
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