In the post-COVID era, the way we look at our residents and specifically our workforce, commutes, work-from-home, and work-life balance has all changed. Connecticut needs to embrace the change, reassess our priorities, rethink how we market ourselves as a place to do business, and leverage our assets more strategically to match the new normal. The case for change is clear.
With many of our residents working remotely for what likely will be 50 percent-plus of the time now and in the future, priorities have shifted for the professional who pre-COVID lived in Connecticut and commuted to a job by car in-state or by train in New York City. The pre-COVID needs of those who live here, which were in part tied to faster trains, better train station parking and less traffic, now have changed. The new focus is on working from home, requiring broader, faster and more robust and reliable internet, as well as the need to retrofit their homes to be more “home-office friendly.” A work-from-home existence will also match up with the needs and desires of many who during COVID reassessed work-life balance priorities, realizing their priorities have changed.