LA CROSSE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many conduct everyday business. For some, it’s just a stepping stone toward the future. First News at Nine’s David LaClair has more from La Crosse.
Working remotely is nothing new for real estate brokers like Josh Neumann of One Trust Real Estate.
Neumann said, “The real estate market has not slowed down because of the pandemic. Touring and listing different properties, we’re generally meeting clients in their properties, so working from home, our business in general, most of our clients are out in the field touring and listing different properties.”
UWL Professor Christa Kiersch says more and more people are working from home.
“Department of Labor Statistics data suggested that in the united states, something like seven percent of folks were offered the benefit of virtual work or the option to work from home, and in the time of covid we’ve seen that go up to somewhere in the 40s, so close to 50 percent of employees in the united states have been working from home either part-time or all the time.
We have been forced to see how possible it is for a lot of different employees and organizations that working remotely maybe was something not considered before,” said Kiersch.
“We can do things just as efficiently as we did when we were meeting with people in person, there’s a camaraderie that you miss,” Nuemann said.
Both agree a physical office presence isn’t going away anytime soon.
Nuemann said, “As a company, we’re actually investing in a brand-new retail location, so I don’t think it’s going to disappear. I love that fact people can get together, there is something invaluable about meeting face to face.”
“It’s not to say that there isn’t still going to be a place for office work, most of the research suggests that most people don’t want to work remotely all of the time,” said Kiersch.
Kiersch predicts moving forward we’ll see less physical office environment’s as more employees are given the option to work from home.
In La Crosse, David LaClair, First News at Nine.