As a Capitol Communicator Sponsor, Williams Whittle is a regular contributor to the website. This blog post explains our CEO, Rob Whittle’s thoughts on what “returning back to work” will look like in the future.
At this writing, it appears that Operation Warp Speed will produce a vaccine as early as next month with 20 million Americans eligible to receive vaccinations in December and ramping up from there. Moreover, Eli Lilly has introduced antibody treatments, already available. At some point, the economy will fully reopen—believe it or not.
Think of it—retailers will open shops, restaurants and bars will have Happy Hours—indoors. The Capital Beltway will once again be bumper to bumper. Or will it? Will workers return to their offices five days a week? Will the dreaded commute recommence?
There are reports already that commercial real estate companies are nervous, along with their lenders. Has American business seen the light of telecommuting, never to return to traditional office set-ups again? I don’t know the answer for most folks, but for Williams Whittle, the answer is that it is highly unlikely that we will return to business as usual ever again. Since early March, like many of you, we have been working remotely. Has it affected our productivity? I would say, “yes”—for the better. Those with hour-long commutes, those who have to drop their kids off at school in normal times are thrilled to roll out of bed and jump on a Zoom call.
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