As we consider how WFH conditions enhance and diminish productivity, we reveal strategies to boost productivity in the office and remotely.


For many the work-from-home experience is not limited to the location of physically being home, but rather the conditions of working in their home. Per Gallup, employee engagement precedes employee productivity and stems from a number of qualitative factors. As such, it’s logical to presume the quality of work conditions is a huge driver in whether an employee will find success there.

Consider these three examples:

Jessica is a director at a growing online marketing firm, which has soared during the pandemic making her role more demanding than usual. As she works-from-home, she is surrounded by her three young children and spouse, who also works-from-home. Together, they juggle work commitments, childcare and domestic responsibilities. She leverages company stipends to afford additional childcare, which has been a game-changer.

Zach is a millennial with a promising new job at a top consulting firm. He shares a house with three other guys, who also work-from-home. The internet bandwidth is at capacity and often impairs digital conference capabilities as a result. Faced with the option of working from his bedroom or the crowded kitchen table, he repurposed his company sponsored fitness allowance to rent a small office at a co-working space. With a private space to focus, he excels in his job.

Sarah started her HR role at a finance company just as the pandemic began. Alone with her dog, she converted her guest room into a lovely office and thrives in her flexible schedule. She is eager to collaborate with others in the company and has only met a few in person so far. She feels a bit disconnected and does her best to conduct employee outreach via Zoom. Companywide virtual cooking classes finally provide an outlet to befriend her teammates.

Jessica, Zach and Sarah represent the various employee experiences with obvious benefits and drawbacks to each scenario. Most importantly – each offers specific opportunities for employer support.

Companies can use these intimate insights to extend more targeted solutions than ever before:

  • How can we provide the privacy some employee’s need to concentrate?
  • How can we implement particular equipment to reduce challenges?
  • How can we support employee’s competing responsibilities?
  • How can we provide additional social support?
  • How can we facilitate collaboration?

Smart companies are offering amenities
to provide both physical + remote innovations.

Here are some of the best we’ve seen so far:

  • Virtual Fitness Classes + Wellness Coaching
  • Virtual Cooking Classes, Wine Tasting + Craft Cocktail Workshops
  • Virtual Daily Team Check-Ins
  • Company sponsored Co-Working Memberships
  • Company sponsored equipment to enhance lighting, sound, video quality
  • In-Office Healing Space: red light therapy, cryotherapy
  • In-Office Taps: beer, kombucha or cold brew
  • In-Office Eats: cereal bar, community kitchen

We want to hear from you! Tell us, what is your company or competitor doing to support employees during the pandemic? Share in the comments below or shoot us an email!

Until next time,

Brian + Ben
Monarch CRE