Back before the pandemic kept everyone at home, I used to go out quite often on weekdays to work remotely. On days when I didn't have any lab work to do I might go out to the mall or a coffee shop with a friend to work in a different environment. We would always notice how many people were out even in the middle of a workday. We put it down to a changing work environment where more and more people either work freelance, hence they can work from anywhere they like, or the fact that because of the internet people who do have an office don't necessarily need to be in the office to get work done.
Now with the pandemic forcing everyone to stay home and closing down offices, many employers and employees have been forced to work from home, something which has been gaining in popularity over recent years. This has apparently opened the eyes of many people who previously may not have thought that working from home was a good idea. Jobs which were believed needed to be done in an office were suddenly very doable from home. Employees who were told they needed to be in the office from 8-5 can suddenly get work done from the comfort of their homes. The old "if I don't see you in the office how can I know if you're doing any work" attitude is going out the window, and I for one am happy to see that.
And it seems like some employers have decided that working from home should be an option even after the pandemic dies down.
Even in Malaysia the work-from-home attitude is starting to leave a permanent impression.
Could this be part of our "new normal" once the pandemic becomes less of a threat? Can you work from home? Would you like to work from home?