COVID-19 Domino Collapse – Hybrid Workplace


As vaccination rates increase, companies are currently being challenged to reopen their offices. One model being examined is the implementation of a hybrid workplace where workers will work both remotely and onsite. Unfortunately, the emergence of the Delta variant could play havoc on return-to-work plans.

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A hybrid workplace offers the current work force flexibility. Economists, project 20% of work will be done from home in light of numerous studies indicating remote workers have been more productive. A recent survey of 5,000 employed adults across the U.S. found 4 out of 10 workers expect some remote work type of arrangement. Regardless of what happens, I project there will be the COVID-19 domino collapse detailed below of ancillary businesses:

  • Formal business dress codes (suits & ties, dresses, shoes) replaced by casual attire (a.k.a. casual Friday – 5 days a week).
  • Food & beverage sales, especially lunch which before the pandemic was the number one restaurant daypart meal (note: martini lunches).
  • Office coffee services.
  • The water cooler business.
  • Transportation services including revenue generated from highway tolls.
  • Cleaning services & supplies.
  • Security.
  • The conference business and all the associated travel and entertainment businesses.
  • Daycare.
  • Personal grooming (as in hair salons, old fashion barber shops).
  • Shoe polish, professional shoe shiners in airports.

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