The uncomfortable realities of working from home are sinking in, says Penny Sloane from Siren Design, who sees connection as a key driver in bringing people back to the office – flexibly.
The honeymoon is over, says Penny Sloane. Over a year into the pandemic, working from home just doesn’t hold the same appeal – a feeling shared by many organisations and their people.
“Everyone has enjoyed the flexibility of working from home. It’s nice to have that option, but not full-time,” says the Managing Director of the Singapore office for Siren Design, a women-led, sustainability-focused design firm.
“Having that separation between home and work is definitely desirable,” says Sloane. “And it’s all so much easier face to face. If you’re working from home, you’re missing out on learning opportunities, opportunities to grow.” For design firms, remote work also means “you miss out when a partner or a supplier comes to the office to show you something new.”