There have been a lot of sweeping statements applied over the last year. The future of work has been widely debated and PR hungry firms have speculated on the end of the office. Tech companies have led the way in discussing how they will move to 100% remote teams who will never return to their silicon valley bases. Headline grabbing statements like this are fine in some industries and fields but simply won’t work for the large proportion of businesses and companies. Home working for the majority will be a luxury that isn’t practical.
This spring as we limber up to hopefully safer commutes and the easing of local restrictions there will be managers who dislike remote working coming to the fore. The reporting and messaging will again likely be extreme as the merits of productivity, creative thinking and culture will be debated. Working from home doesn’t enhance these business practices and some face to face interaction will be encouraged to get the economy firing again across the year.
The debate needn’t be so polarised. Workers would like some choice between office visits and remote working and they’d appreciate a choice of venues to work from. It’s possible that the weekday 9-5 will never be the same and this will ultimately be of benefit to people who are currently enjoying flexible working terms.
A more individualised approach to working will prevail and the one size fits all working schedule of 9 til 5 in the office could soon be a distant memory. Forward thinking senior managers should react to their team’s needs and embrace workspaces and venues as part of a benefits package that will disrupt the conventional status and salary led corporate ladder. Over the next decade flexible working packages will be the key to job satisfaction and staff retention.