Since March/April of 2021 working from home and working remotely was only favoured by a few companies. Mainly, they hadn’t adopted the technology to allow their employees to work remotely effectively. And because they didn’t have to. However, the COVID pandemic swiftly changed all of that. Nearly all businesses had their employees working from home. Transitioning to using software such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Skype to keep up collaboration between teams. However, as we start to see lockdown ease, we are seeing a lot of resistance to wanting to move back to the office. And it seems like working from home could be the future.
So why is this? Well mainly due to cost. Businesses can save on-premises and desk space. At the same time, having had enough time for their times to climatise to working from home without sacrificing productivity or efficiency. A survey conducted by Enterprise Technology Research has estimated that the number of workers from home permanently is due to double in 2021. With more companies wanting to move more employees to work from home once the COVID crisis ends.
As working from home becomes the future, the demand and need for office spaces in city centres become destined to be a thing of the past. With office spaces being small and concentrated for those who can’t work from home, to host meetings and to rotate teams from working from home to the office and vice-versa.
One challenge that might present itself to businesses that start to transition the majority of their workforce to work from home is to keep up the same levels of engagement. It can sometimes prove a lot more difficult to recognise achievements and to award when you are only communicating with employees remotely. This is also a challenge for the employees to convey any concerns or achievements to their leadership.
However, on the whole, remote working hasn’t affected productivity, collaboration or performance in many of the businesses that have made the change. However, it does mean that they have had to invest a lot more into their respective cybersecurity defences and infrastructures as the rise in cyber-attacks has also risen due to this transition.
However, as technology has always driven innovation we can also expect to see plenty of new platforms, tools and resources to help to make working from home no different to both employees or to employers in any way, shape or form. We are certainly looking at a transforming landscape for all businesses that at primarily office-based.
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