“Yes, everything is work from home, with extremely limited access to facilities. No career path impacts,” one medtech professional told us back in late February.
Added an R&D professional: "Primarily working from home until at least June."
For some professionals, the impact was minimal. One medtech regulatory affairs professional said that “Other than working from home, my job hasn't been affected by the pandemic.”
Described one product design engineering manager: “I do engineering from my dining room over the Internet. When needed, I can get a technician to run a lab measurement so I can stay remote and minimize the traffic in the facility (so others who must be there to do touch things will have a smaller population of potential Covid positive folks to deal with...).”
And several respondents liked the switch. “People like working remotely and want to keep it that way,” shared one medtech company manager.
A respondent working in product design engineering shared that “With WFH, we've received some wellness stipends and access to more virtual resources/apps.”
Summed up one medtech professional working in cardio: “I have been working from home almost exclusively for the past year. I think companies will see this more as a norm rather than fully office-based staff. Which I think may really open up some possibilities for employees and businesses, since you could potentially live in an entirely different state and still perform your job. Interesting times.”
However, some respondents encountered WFH challenges. Said one R&D manager: “Work from home 100% is not ideal and development work is significantly hampered even with best and creative efforts to overcome.”
Added a product design engineer working in orthopedics: “Increased telecommuting and reduced face-time with leadership.”