Re: New Normal?
Home working suits some more than others but in the rush to push the benefits it is easy to overlook the pitfalls.
It can be very isolating and this has been exacerbated by the current situation as so much social contact has been stopped.
If you are working from home you have to have appropriate facilities. Most people who are working from home do so because they are computer based. If you have a proper office, desk and IT equipment then then transition from a practical/technical sense is easy. DSE and other guidelines have been pretty much abandoned to try and ensure the companies can still be productive. This cannot be an excuse to allow poor working conditions in the long term simply because an employee is working from home. It is very easy for a company to see home working as a cost saving but then overlook everything that exists in an office to make that work acceptable.
The same regulations apply, office or home-office.
If you are now working from home that changes the use of your property. How does insurance, utilities etc all work? You can argue that most will already have an Internet connection anyway so that cost is irrelevant. Just substituting commuting costs for utility costs is only a benefit if your commuting costs (and time) are substantial.
What impact does it have on the other people in the household? Try having a call when there are kids doing stuff in the background. Do you keep telling them to be quiet every time there is a call. Is the space where you are working from also used by others?
Finally having spent all day in the home-office, things one might have done in the evening that involved the computer are now a chore.
The final thing that I find is that having spent all my work hours in the room with the computers.
I can see the benefits, but it is not a magic solution for everything and the overall advantages can easily be very heavily weighted to either empolyee or employer.