How Companies Can Support Work-From-Home Best Practices in the Long Term

TitleHow Companies Can Support Work-From-Home Best Practices in the Long Term
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsKursietis, D
KeywordsCOVID-19; Work from home

Most organizations have adopted work-from-home practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as Gensler and others eye a strategic and safe return to the office, many are now considering integrating modified schedules and partial remote working to accommodate physical distancing and other health and wellness practices.

While much of the workforce is now in a work-from-home groove, Gensler’s recent U.S. Work From Home Survey found that the vast majority of people want to return to the office, albeit with critical changes. Many also want to continue to work from home at least some of the time.

The movement to a more permanent work-from-home reality has raised the possibility that residential design will need to offer new solutions. At the very least, multi-family buildings may need to rethink amenities to better suit the at-home worker. The need for flexibility in residential units could also boil to the surface. Future designs could allow people to add office space or master bedrooms (in case college-age children need to return home for remote learning during another health crisis).


Dieter Kursietis
Dieter is a consulting director who focuses on the firm’s Consulting + Real Estate Services as well as its Education and Workplace practices. Dieter brings consulting expertise in design strategy, change management, operational planning, master planning, and urban design to global projects across a range of scales from workplaces and labs, to campuses and urban quarters. He is based in Hong Kong. Contact him at