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Back to the office changes, and states work from home data

Listeners know I’m tracking the move back to the office.    Per the New York Times, more than 80% of companies are planning hybrid arrangements with employees back 3 days per week.

Here’s what to expect in those offices:

  • Expanded gathering spaces: Face-to-face interactions is def one thing Zoom can’t replicate… so offices will expand meeting spaces to facilitate safe collaboration.
  • Tech for hybrid work: With many employees choosing to work remotely full time, expect more large screens, digital whiteboards, 360-degree cameras, top-tier sound equipment, and potentially holograms to make it feel like people are physically present.
  • Flexible furniture: Larger common areas will require movable tables, carts, and partitions for different arrangements.
  • Touchless everything: Moving through buildings will be a hands-free experience with turnstiles, doors, and elevators operated by sensors, voice, and apps.
  • Hot desks: Hybrid work arrangements also mean fewer people in the office and the need for fewer individual workstations. Desks will be up for grabs and have to be reserved in advance.

Let’s take a geographic view of work from home – what’s happening in each state? 

  • Colorado has the highest share of the labor force working from home, 8.3 percent, which is 3.5 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest at 2.4 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the highest share of households with a broadband internet subscription, 79 percent, which is 1.7 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest at 48 percent.
  • Connecticut has the highest share of households with access to broadband speeds over 25 Mbps, almost 99 percent, which is 1.5 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest at 65percent.
  • South Dakota has the fewest cybercrime victims per 100,000 residents, around 54, which is four times fewer than in Nevada, the state with the most at 214.
  • Indiana has the lowest amount lost per victim as a result of internet crime, around $2,500, which is 11.5 times lower than in Ohio, the state with the highest at around $28,000
  • Oklahoma has the lowest residential retail price of electricity, 8.88 cents per kilo watt hour, which is 3.3 times lower than in Hawaii, the state with the highest at 29.14 cents per kilo watt hour.

Why do we care?

There’s opportunity in all of these changes for services companies.   What isn’t listed here is building digital parity, where the in office experience and the remote experience are equivalent.  Rearrange the desks however you want, but unless workers in both places have the ability to execute at the same level, companies aren’t done.

My interest in the list of states is to cite that many are not your “common” ones to make a list of work-from-home technology states.   I’m convinced employees are going to come from more places – here’s some of my evidence.  Power is cheap in Oklahoma, or full of willing remote workers in Colorado.  

Source: NY Times

Source: Commercial Integrator