Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties said Wednesday it will move its corporate office operations from Somerset to its Martinsville/Bridgewater Regional office during the fourth quarter of this year.
The company made the announcement to its employees on Aug. 17, along with the notice that corporate employees will continue to work both remotely and in-office, as they have been, for the foreseeable future.
The decision follows five months of remote work for corporate employees and associates in various parts of the state.
The new corporate office space at the Martinsville/Bridgewater Regional location will house all “back office operations,” a conference room for employees to host smaller in-person meetings when necessary, storage space, and desk areas if an employee needs to be in the office at any time.
The company says it is implementing technology enhancements, with both a new corporate server with cloud-based modules linked to its 18 branch offices, and a new phone system that provides a more robust client and agent experience.
This move is expected to greatly improve the corporate employees’ work-life balance and has already improved response time and client support, according to New Jersey Properties. The company said it finds the remote work environment to be favorable during these challenging times, particularly given the uncertain future of physical workspaces.
“As our company has moved in an innovative direction with technology for our agents, we are pleased to make this move to a nearly all-remote work environment for our corporate staff,” noted Bill Keleher, chairman and chief executive officer of New Jersey Properties. “We know this change will be welcomed among our staff, managers, and agents as we have seen positive improvements in productivity throughout the company since March.”