It is not a surprise now that almost every shop is running out of standing desks, swivel chairs, office desks, and monitors, as thousands of employees start work from home. Most companies have advised their employees to start work from home and to set up their due office at home. The market is running out of office gears.
Just last week, the World Health Organization announced the Covid-19 to be a pandemic. It resulted in chaos amongst every person who spends most of his hours out of the house. Therefore, to safeguard the situation of their employees, as well as promote social distancing to stop the spread of the virus, companies like Google, Amazon, Twitter, etc. have started requesting its employees to set up their offices at home. O
In an office works store in Melbourne CBD, customers wishing to buy a monitor were told that only one of them was left as the store had run out of every monitor by Monday afternoon itself. The store also said that they are currently not expecting any backorder to arrive before April. The salesperson on talking to a leading news channel said that they saw a spike in the sale of office-related products since the announcement of ‘work from home’ was given.
A spokesperson for the Melbourne CBD office works store said, “While there have been some stock shortages due to excessive demand, we are looking to source alternatives and increase stock levels to meet customer needs. For customers that aren’t able to get in-store and get what they need, we are doing everything we can to fulfill online deliveries”.
As it has become clear that almost every office works store in Australia has run out of standing desk. A customer called Ryan Byrne, who started work from home last week, commented that he was one of the few lucky ones left to get himself a monitor. The size he needed was not available, but he settled for another model with a much smaller size. He also said that it was expected for the store to be busy, but he did not expect it to run out of monitors so soon.
Customers who wanted to buy office chairs and desks at the Kmart and Walmart were also left disappointed. The customers left empty-handed without giving any knowledge on when the stocks will be refilled. Stores like Kmart, Officeworks, and JB HIFI declined to comment on the situation and has not released any official statement that will ease the tension spreading through the masses.
A consulting firm EY is also known as Ernst & Young, asked almost 20,000 of its employees to start work from home amid the coronavirus crisis.
Almost every employee found it a relief to be working from home, as no one wishes to risk the health of themselves as well as their employees in the wake of Coronavirus. At least more than a thousand deaths have been reported from Italy, and the terror amongst the masses is high.
Companies like Google have also announced that they will be covering the expenses involved in setting up the home office for their employees. Not only that, but the company will also be paying the salary for employees who cannot work due to sickness by the COVID-19. It is a good and appreciative step taken by Google, and many other companies like Amazon, Twitter, and Facebook have followed suit.
Whether office related products such as monitor screens, Keyboards, desks, and chairs will be available within this week, is not clear. As no leading store is available to comment on the grave situation. But the people of Australia have already started work from home by using their creativity and imagination. Some employees have even started using their kitchen counter as a standing desk, and dining chairs or bar tools to sit and work