Because of the earthquakes and the loss of the CBD (ie office space), as well as a lot of unsafe buildings, people needing to make their houses safe and deal with ongoing aftershocks, people wanting to be close to family, and schools were closed for months....
Lots of people are telecommuting here.
Ie working from home
I did it for a few hours a week, for a short time to help out. Had a meeting once a week.
I stopped doing it because the company didn't have good processes, and you'd be working on something, only to find they had changed their mind and wanted you to work on something else after you had done a lot of the work.
You can't pay me enough to waste my time.
I guess it depends on the company and the role.
Some people are booking offices, ie spend 3 days of the week at home, two in a shared office, some are booking the hours in the office on a booking sheet.
Some people are setting up mobile network equipment, so if their building is lost, its safe and can be moved.
We're in a constantly changing environment, so we all adapt.
We've been in this changing environment for 16 months, and for those who have stayed, the psyche re the work environment has completely changed. A few years ago bosses were insisting we be in the office 9-5, in case we were needed.
I guess the fact that nearly everyone who died or was injured was in an office building is quite shocking when you think about it.