Is this the new norm for UK businesses? Or will we see a gradual shift back to the office once restrictions are lifted?
In 2020, many businesses throughout the UK were told to lock their doors and offer home working where possible. Now with light at the end of the tunnel, is everyone desperate to get back to the office or has the pandemic normalised home working for good? And what are the must-haves for a good home working set-up?
For a long time, the idea of remote/home working has been seen as a luxury, usually only offered to those working in management or field sales. The world was turned upside down in the blink of an eye, and remote working suddenly became a necessity. So, will we all just go back to the office one day and the option of remote working becomes a distant memory? Or will businesses now realise that productivity can remain consistent even with 90% of their workforce doing Teams calls in their PJs?
Cloud telephony has offered a flexible approach to remote working long before the Coronavirus pandemic took hold. We feel that giving employees the opportunity to manage their home lives around their working day has led to less distraction and increased productivity. We understand that life doesn’t stop at 9am and start again at 5pm once the working day is finished, and it’s potentially this approach combined with our remote working solutions for business, Microsoft Teams calling and much more that has allowed our workforce to essentially pick up at home, what they left at work, allowing greater flexibility and choices about where to work from!
It will be interesting to see how many other businesses will carry on with approaches similar to this, or whether all office based staff will be recalled back once it’s safe to do so?
In one of our previous blog posts we discussed what was next for remote working and how new technology can be leveraged to offer a business advantage. In addition to this, we’ve put together the top 5 essentials for a good remote working network.
We could have added a 6th point about casual clothes but we didn't want to draw attention to the obvious!