With this sudden whirlwind of travel after so long in my own office, it’s important to keep sight of the future of work as post-lockdown decisions are made. The question on everyone’s minds right now is that of whether we’ll be ‘working responsibly‘ from home or returning to the office full-time.
The recent McKinsey study covering the future of work after Covid-19 is a fascinating encapsulation of the situation. This which will affect the entire population, and it’s so worth the read!
A major debate is ongoing, regarding a proposed law granting employees the right to request remote work from day one on the job. Many people feel they prefer working from home, and only go to the office for collaborative reasons – increased creativity, ease of collaboration on key projects and so on.
Are you one of them?
However, people are also finding it reduces networking opportunities and career growth and is harmful to work-life balance.
It’s an age-old argument that has blazed into life in 2021. I’ve always loved my office, and personally thrive working from home – although the opportunity for frequent travel is one of the best parts of my job, and I can’t wait for it to become more frequent again. (I’m already missing Basel!) But if everyone begins working from home, what will happen to city centres and independent businesses that rely so strongly on commuters and foot traffic?
Both sides have strong points, and there’s data to back them both up – again, take a look at the McKinsey study for more details! The next few months will be pivotal in seeing how the future of working from home plays out.
Where do you stand on the debate?