Written by Phil Reed – CIO

Technology and communication advancements over the last few years have given us the tools to enable us to be decoupled from our office desk.  However it has taken a global pandemic, Covid-19, that has forced governments apply policies to socially distance its citizens to force employers into accepting that working from home is a viable and manageable practice.   Traditional barriers have been removed by the availability of high speed broadband, the movement of many software applications into the cloud, ability to video conference from a standard laptop or tablet.

The use of monitoring tools to show user activity within applications has removed the need for managers to check up on staff to ensure they are working

The culture change has also impacted beneficially on workers pockets (removal of commuting costs), the environment (reduced levels of pollution), reduced stress and increased family time (no commuting time).

So both employers and employees can see benefits from working from home or indeed anywhere, that it raises the question of do we need expensive, enormous offices in cities?   I am sure a number of companies are looking at the huge potential economic benefits of downsizing offices.

Working from home does not suit every job or function, but it is has now been proved that a large number of office jobs can be completed remotely, effectively and more economically.   Could the norm change once the pandemic is over?