QBScott Indianapolis, INSource: Entrepreneur | Repost QBScott 6/3/2021 – 

As we begin to see a glimmer of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, society is asking itself what a world of normalcy will look like. In today’s corporate world, the big questions of the year are who will remain virtual — and for how long.

Companies ranging from Twitch to Twitter have taken on the extreme, stating that their staffs will have the option to work from home permanently. This is contrasted by many other companies, particularly in the banking industry, that have taken the opposite approach, saying that working from home is not the new norm.

Each organization, culture and work environment is unique. Some companies emphasize collaboration or have particular client demands, making a return to the office central to their success. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, it is undeniable that companies — particularly those in the tech sector — are evaluating various work models as they prepare for the post-pandemic world.

But what does it actually mean to work remotely? As we enter the post-pandemic world, the definition of remote work needs to be reexamined and subsequently redefined. Physical presence doesn’t necessarily equate to engagement, and technological advances have afforded us circumstances where virtual engagement is many times more effective.

At the same time, there remains a bigger question about what defines an optimal work/life environment. Pre-pandemic burnout was characterized by longer traffic-laced commutes and over-indexing of time spent in the office. Today, it’s the 24/7 availability of a remote worker trapped within the confines of his or her own pandemic-zoned home.

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Author: Scott Meister, CPA

I help small businesses, accountants, bookkeepers, office managers, and business owners with their accounting needs. I’ve used QuickBooks since 2002 and train folks on how to use it efficiently. I create high-quality video training tutorials for QuickBooks and post them on QBScott.com.

Certifications include: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) | Certified Bookkeeper (CB) | Advanced Certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks Desktop | Advanced Certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks Online | Certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks Enterprise | Certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks Point Of Sale