May 13, 2020
Day 49 of lockdown
It's very early days but an announcement from Twitter shows how things may look as the company says it will "allow its employees to work from home forever".
Hello new world.
This is surely going to be a large part of our post COVID-19 reality and has serious implications across many sectors. A recent IBM survey during April of 25,000 US adults found;
Commercial property in this example will simple need less office space. This will hit not just office rentals, but for example also car an Uber usage as we travel less to work reducing fuel and car needs hurting the respective industries. Then of course lower insurance rates as less driving means less risk, and so the all rolls.
The flip side of course is that less travel time means more money and free time for an individual and how will we spend that? Reading? Eating out? Family?
Taking the Twitter example a step further, working from home means more virtual meetings (such as Zoom) and then it is a small step to less corporate travel as meetings or events that may required travel are now done virtually.
It'll be a long time before we get to the new post COVID-19 reality, but it's not going to be a new normal, it'l be way more. A new reality and importantly we get to define what this new reality will look like.
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