Official estimates suggest that after 23% of workers were furloughed during the lockdown of Covid-19, around 40% of those still working were doing so outside the home, the remainder needed to adapt their work and home life to fascilitate continuing their work at home.
In many ways, this has fast-tracked the trend towards greater flexibility around working from home and remote working. This ‘social experiment’ has resulted in a number of businesses and workers realising that technology has made it possible to conduct business in a more remote way.
- This allows for reduced costs by smaller office space, potentially considering more remote locations for their head-offices, potentially increased levels of productivity and the ability to extend the recruitment of new staff and search for new clients beyond their traditional geographic scope.
- Remote working will require different management and leadership skills for remote teams (or a mixed office-remote team approach), greater challenges in new staff inductions and new ways to encourage team building over time.
- Remote working allows for less commuting time, more personal time, a greater ability to search for work beyond a specific geographic zone and greater flexibility in when work needs to get done.
- However, this doesn’t suit everyone. Extroverts are more likely to need regular in-person engagement with others, some workers may not have the work-space at home to be effective workers, some may even need time and space away from their home environment to maintain a better psychological work-life balance.