10 Things About Residents Working From Home
Joe Melton, Vice President of Marketing and Management Support Services for the Morgan Group, offers 10 considerations for operators now that so many residents are working from home.
- Understand the demand. Survey residents to assess how many are working and schooling from home during the day and their technology needs. This can help ensure adequate internet bandwidth, Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular reception.
- Be proactive about noise. Having more people at the community during the day means higher noise levels. You may already be fielding complaints. Consider implementing revised quiet hours.
- Your community is now their office. But residents lack access to their usual office services and technology. Consider partnering with a supplier to bring wireless, self-service printing, copying and scanner technologies to your community.
- Offer multiple work spaces. Many communities already offer residents co-working spaces, while other residents may prefer a quiet, personal space outside of their apartment home. See what spaces could easily be converted into individual working pods.
- Offer a change of scenery. Some people need fresh air to recharge themselves. Make sure the Wi-Fi in your outdoor spaces is optimal and consider adding more tables and umbrellas.
- Be inspirational. Create and share Pinterest boards with design ideas for at-home work or school spaces. Pull together helpful articles about work-from-home productivity and introduce a community-wide discussion board via a resident app or portal.
- Be practical about deliveries. Allow direct-to-door delivery for extra-large items like office desks and chairs to keep them from cluttering up the leasing office and to ease the burden on staff.
- Create a “commute.” Some new stay-at-home workers may actually miss their commute, which can offer an effective separation between work and home life. So offer socially distanced “breakfast-on-the-go” bars and “after-school” snack stations to provide a bit of a commute, even if it’s only down a flight of stairs.
- Engage more virtual services. Virtual happy hours and events like cooking or exercise classes can supply a remedy for Zoom fatigue. Look for events and services that don’t require participants to have their videos on.
- Be a fun coworker. Consider hosting a fun Office Space-themed event where you run a raffle for a $500 gift card to West Elm (or, even better, a local furniture store) for office furniture.
Joe Melton is Vice President of Marketing and Management Support Services for the Morgan Group