Welcome to the New Normal

Sound good? I hope this is what you are experiencing right now. These are times of unprecedented change, bringing chaos to the new economy as well as opportunity, for both corporations and for the average worker. Abandoning the usual 9-5 grind, as so many of us have had to do of late, has been scary, but it has also offered many rewards that improve productivity and personal quality of life.

While we here at SLX have been leading the local chorus about the benefits of remote working — and living, especially right here in a beautiful and affordable area such as the Brockville/St. Lawrence River Region — recent circumstances involving COVID-19 have made it the hottest thing going. Chances are awfully good that you’re reading this from your new office right now, your home office. Maybe you have the dog at your feet. A nice breeze is blowing in from the backyard and you can see the river in the distance. Music is on and you’re sipping your favourite home blend from your favourite mug.

Who hasn’t enjoyed replacing boardroom meetings with Zoom? Reveled in being able to spend an extra hour (or more!) in bed each morning instead of nodding off to the latest podcast behind the wheel of the car? Enjoyed more quality time between writing reports and checking in with the boss? Focused a little more on actual work due to ditching the distractions of Loquacious Lisa in the next office or What I Did On The Weekend Walter in the breakroom?

Well, get used to it. COVID-19 has ushered in an era of change that isn’t going away anytime soon. While recent census stats pegged the number of people who work full-time from home in the US and Canada at between 5 and 6 per cent, that number has of course exploded over the past month out of sheer necessity. This has fast-forwarded a trend that has been ongoing for the past 20 years, zipping us forward into an era where commuting and cubicles is as relevant as the horse and buggy and the haberdashery.

In the coming weeks and months, SLX will be providing more tips and tricks for the remote worker to help meet the need of this new normal. Our main aim is to encourage you to relocate to the hidden gems that are the communities in Eastern Ontario along the majestic St. Lawrence River. But we also want to be a friendly guide and helping hand to everyone navigating this new work-from-home reality, no matter where you choose to call home. I hope you’ll join us, both literally and figuratively, as we move forward together.

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