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For some, working from home could last longer than the pandemic

Posted at 11:44 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 23:44:41-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Tuesday morning, employees at Twitter learned they are allowed to work from home, forever.

What about Western New Yorkers who normally work in offices? Is a permanent switch to remote working something that could work for them?

The Martin Group, a marketing and communications agency, already allowed some of its employees to work remotely before the pandemic. Now, that's the only way they work.

“The ability to use Zoom or Microsoft Teams, or Slack, or others, it allows that workflow to really happen. So, people are a little bit more trusting of this work-from-home scenario,” said Matt Davison, the chief business officer with The Martin Group.

So far, Davison says, productivity at The Martin Group has been great, working remotely.

“The big question that will be on a lot of people's minds is, and certainly on our mind, will be, will the work-from-home productivity stay as high as it is now?” asked Davison about the workforce moving back to one physical location while maintaining some work-from-home employees.

If people can work from home so easily, how badly will office space be needed? A difficult and costly question for some to consider. For The Martin Group, there's no place like home, or their office, rather.

“We have a great space right on Main Street in Downtown Buffalo. It's a commitment we've made because we believe in the city. We definitely want to be back there and be active,” said Davison.

The COVID-19 pandemic will change the way people work. For Twitter, it's forever. For other companies, it's a question only they can answer.