In early June, the Thurston Chamber surveyed its members to gather data about reopening our community. One of the questions we asked was whether the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order would permanently change their company’s policy around telecommuting? What we learned is not statistically significant, but anecdotally, we learned that quite a few Thurston County-based organizations are allowing employees to work from home indefinitely. Here are a few of their responses in their own words.
Question: Do you plan on allowing your team
to work from a virtual office in the future?
Depending on the job requirements, techs have to go to offices or homes to fix equipment. Office staff can work from home and sales will do both. – Copiers NW
Since we are a real estate office a lot of our agents work from home anyway. – Berkshire Hathaway Sound Realtors
Administrative staff are working from home for now. – Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters
Staff will work from home, come to the office to receive and work on devices, work remotely on computers via internet and work at client locations when they can do so safely – often nights and weekends or with careful distancing and cleaning. – Olympia Computer
Part of our teams have been at the station throughout the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. Others have worked full-time from home, some have worked a hybrid of in-station and at-home. We are now transitioning to more in-station time with some administrative staff choosing to continue working from home. We are practicing regular sanitizing of work spaces and the wearing of PPE. – Washington Public Affairs Network dba TVW
We are working at half capacity in the office at this time. Half in the morning, the other half in the afternoon. When not in the office, we continue to work remotely. – The Rants Group