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Home office next big thing, builders and designers gear up

With work from home likely to stay even after the pandemic scare is over, and multi-national companies including social media giant Facebook and Indian conglomerates mulling the option, the home office is the next big thing for the builders and interior designers in the city. Work from home, the new normal would need an office set up, and the professionals are gearing up for affordable solutions.

Home office next big thing, builders and designers gear up
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“Like home theatre and study room, the home office would be the next thing people go after while building or purchasing houses. Many builders have already started introducing 2BHK plus home office,” said Ram Prabhu, treasurer, Builders Association of India (South).

“To work in peace without disturbance, people need to set up their cabin or table according to their mindset. Companies may not allow the employees to set up their place as they wish. If they work from home and set up their office according to their need, they would work in peace and productivity would also increase,” said Ram Prabhu adding it could cost one Rs 25,000 to one lakh.

Karthik Subramanian, an IT professional who resides in OMR said his company is planning to allow some employees to work from home permanently on a trial basis. And if everything works out, people who are not working in confidential data projects may be allowed to continue their work from home.

N Arun, a civil engineer in the city, said: “Creating an office space in the house is not a big deal and it would not cost you much. People need a private space without any disturbance.

We find many videos on social media where kids are seen playing as their parents attend a video conference. We have many affordable solutions to help people work peacefully.”

According to reports, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is looking at 75 per cent of its workforce working remotely by 2025, while HCL proposes 50 per cent to work from home. Further, half of the IT industry’s four-million workforce is expected to work from home permanently.

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