Is Remote Working the Future?

It goes without saying that the coronavirus (Covid-19) has changed the way we work and live.

Entire workforces around the world have been forced to adapt as a result of the pandemic, and many people are now fully embracing the WFH (working from home) lifestyle.  But when government restrictions begin to relax and businesses start to re-open.  Will people return to their usual working habits or will they in fact choose to stay remote?


The Benefits

Prior to the coronavirus, it was reported that the number of people working from home had increased by 140% since 2005 (Global Workspace Analytics)- and it is easy to see why.  Remote working provides people with more flexibility:

  • you can wear what you want
  • choose when you exercise
  • spend more time with your family and friends
  • and boost your overall well-being.

As a result of this many companies report that staff morale increases, stress levels are reduced, and productivity soars. In fact statistics suggest that people who work remotely at least once a month are 24% more likely to be happy and productive (Owl Labs).

But there are plenty of benefits from a business perspective too.  Shorter commute times and smaller more local offices help to save money and lower your business’ carbon footprint.  The money you save on downsizing premises can then be invested in technology- improving your teams communication abilities and futureproofing your business.  Being able to support remote working also allows companies to take advantage of the global talent pool.  And who doesn’t want to hire the best of the best?


Our Thoughts

The shift towards flexible working has become an increasingly more popular trend in recent years as many people seek to find the perfect work-life balance. The current situation has simply accelerated this transition and pushed remote working into the lime light.  And although remote working is not for everyone.  It is clear that a large number of employees and employers alike may prefer this alternative work option.

So with social distancing expected to become the new norm, remote working may be here to stay…




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