Ever since the incredible election of New York billionaire Donald Trump to succeed Barack Obama as President of the United States, there has been some speculation about how much time the former Republican candidate intends to spend at the White House.
Thus far, President elect Trump has indicated that he intends to work from home as much as possible. He has already held meetings with foreign dignitaries at his lavish penthouse in Trump Tower, and he met with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at the Bedminster golf and country club in New York. These have all been work-related meetings.
The President elect also has a home office in South Florida where he would like to work from. If he continues this telecommuting approach to the White House, Trump may become the President to lead the U.S. from the comfort of his own home.
A Work From Home Revolution
It’s not just President elect Trump who is setting a national work-from-home example. Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton actually ran a private email server from her New York home because she was already spending substantial amounts of time working from her residence.
Although Clinton’s use of a private mail server at home would ultimately cause harm to her campaign, business analysts paid close attention to her case as well as Trump’s penchant for working from his own New York Penthouse. Just days before the 2016 election, an article published by The Atlantic indicated the commonplace practice of employees who check their email from home; many prefer to be in a comfortable situation when reviewing correspondence and composing messages.
The Trump administration could very well inspire a massive workforce of people whose own residences become their offices. Many American business owners have already welcomed the idea of hiring workers who do not report to the office on a daily basis.
The Future of Working from Home
Even if President elect Trump ends up moving to the White House, the precedent has been set with regard to working from home. Technology keeps making it easier and more attractive for employers to hire new staff members who will not occupy a desk at the office.
In the near future, certain labor practices such as telecommuting and using cloud infrastructures to manage digital information will become the new standards of the American workplace. Working from home will soon cease to be a novelty; instead, it will be one of the pillars of 21st century enterprise.