With coronavirus pushing more people to work from home, I have seen more advice about setting up a home workspace. I found one example that suggests workers in all kinds of homes face similar challenges:
First things first: As we’re learning, there’s no “normal” with the coronavirus. But that also applies to where you live. “Home workers” now include apartment dwellers, Millennials who share a house, Midwesterners with basements, suburbanites in McMansions, and more. You’ll have to figure out what works for you, within your own unique environment. Still, some rules apply to just about everyone.
Is this true? Do McMansion-dwellers have any advantages in working out of their large homes? A few ideas:
- All that space means McMansion occupants have plenty of options to choose from regarding where to work. They could even rotate (though these articles tend to emphasize making one space a clearly delineated work space).
- All that space also means they can keep their distance from all other occupants.
- Although the McMansion might have a lot of open common space, there are likely parts of the house that can be pretty quiet and separate from other activities.
- Related to #1-3, who likes open office plans?
- If a worker needs to bring lots of materials home, the McMansion likely has a lot of storage space. A temporary home office might barely be noticed.
- Because of the size of the home, the walk from the office space to the kitchen or bathroom could be a sufficient break or help the worker acquire their needed steps.
- The McMansion home worker pressed for cash could rent out a room or create a coworking space (while attending to local zoning codes, of course).
- There could be enough space to recreate the spaces in a large office building, ranging from a workout room to a large eating area to spacious bathroom to room to spread out one’s work.
Americans like their private spaces but being confined to one’s home for a few weeks may just reinforce the desire of some to have plenty of space.