Working from anywhere and the digital nomad. Volume 9 in the UBSS Publications series. Prosper in the post-pandemic business environment.
Working from Home (WFH) is not a new phenomenon; it has been the dominant practice since humans ceased to be nomads and settled down as farmers about 12 millennia back. Those carrying out household chores, raising children, and looking after the elderly and infirm have an equally long history. In fact, it was only in the early 18th century, with the establishment of the first textile factories in England, that Working Away from Home (WAFH) became popular. However, as the industrial revolution spread, WAFH become the norm, and by the turn of the 21st century, about 95% of manufacturing and service workers in high-income countries had adopted it.
The COVID-19 pandemic rocked this system, with virtually all workers whose tasks allowed them to do so being required to work from home for varying periods of time. Most of the new home-based workers perceived their changed situation to be temporary and both hoped and expected to return to their offices full-time when the pandemic was over. Had COVID come much earlier – say, in the 1980s -, these hopes and expectations would probably have been realised. However, conditions supportive of WFA had emerged toward the end of the industrial era and had spread rapidly during the first two decades of the digital era. They included social changes such as the move to two-income families and the associated sharing of domestic duties; technical advances in computers, mobiles and software; and economic changes like the rise in commercial rents relative to other costs.
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