Updated: May 16, 2021
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has significantly impacted in the workplace. COVID-19 has caused a disruption in how we work, how we manage talent and our work environment concerning how and where we work. Working from home also referred to as remote working, telecommuting amongst others is nothing new. Employees and managers have been working from home remotely for decades.
In fact remote working dates back centuries. Remote working emerged into prominence in the 1970s where IBM as an experiment allowed five of its workers to work from home this number increased to 2000 employees working from home by 1983. Working from home has become one of the solutions for many businesses in responding to the pandemic to combat safety in the workplace concerning social distancing, lockdowns as well as to cost-save.
Business startups began to emerge in the late nineties a these start-ups were on limited budget and couldn’t afford to rent an office or hire staff so remote working from their garages was ideal. In contrast to today’s entrepreneurs nothing has changed entrepreneurs continue to work from their homes, lofts, and garages until stabilized financially with the support of an investor or through normal business growth.