Benefits of Working from Home by Stellar's Brian Kappele, President & COO.
Stellar, an architecture, engineering, construction, and mechanical services firm, has made a significant shift to a permanent work-from-home model for the majority of its employees. The decision was driven by the need to adapt to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and provide stability and safety for its workforce. By leveraging technology platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Stellar has been able to maintain efficient operations and connectivity among team members. The work-from-home model has brought unexpected benefits, including increased efficiency in virtual meetings and the ability to hire talent from anywhere without requiring relocation. Stellar emphasizes the importance of flexibility, communication, and accountability in successfully managing remote teams. While the future remains uncertain due to the pandemic, the work-from-home model is seen as a positive change that could persist even after the crisis ends, provided companies prioritize employee well-being, trust, and the necessary tools for success.