Post-Covid working: Does the future workplace lie in a home office?


A few years ago, there was stream of individuals constantly worried about whether automation or robotics will be taking over their jobs. In 2020, however, there was an entirely new sweep of concerns about what the future of work holds for economies around the globe.

Futureheads’ survey also found that 66 percent of people said flexible hours was one of the most important features in a new role.

Additionally, during lockdown many people noticed the toll that their daily commute, office culture and workload was taking on them.

“Before the pandemic, we built our lives around our jobs,” commented CEO of Rebel Business School Simon Paine.

“Employers have a brilliant opportunity to take flexible working to a whole new level and empower their employees to build their jobs around their lives. 

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“There is so much talent in the UK, people who are excluded from employment opportunities because of issues such as childcare or health. 

“Now, there is no need for those people to travel into the office and commute. They can do the school run. They can check in and check out of work at different times,” he explained.

It’s also fair to say that certain sectors are hesitant of taking on too many staff as restrictions ease; the rules have changed so often they are beginning to favour short-term part-time contracts even if their entire staff was long-term and full-time before the pandemic.

With all this in mind it’s easy to make the assumption that the future of work lies in freelancing and remote working, but many companies are far too policy-orientated that making that permanent shift is simply not an option for them.

Mr Paine commented: “The physical workspace still has a place, but when we use them now we will be thinking more tactically, rather than habitually.

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On the other side of the freelancing spectrum, some people started their freelance careers during lockdown only to find they had less success than expected.

Freelancing is often seen as easier than working full-time due to the flexibility both for one’s time and their paycheque.

In contrary to this, a freelancer is required to cover all aspects of their business, whereas working in a company allows you to ‘specialise’ in just one area.

While websites such as Upwork, TaskRabbit and Rev do provide an easier form of freelancing by providing work and marketing, most of these types of sites require good user ratings and a fair amount of experience.

The conclusion to this is that while some job types have been growing in popularity, there are a few detrimental drawbacks that ensure at least part of the working population will stick with traditional job types.

That being said, it is also important for businesses to take this all into account.

Mr Paine explained: “Post-covid, employers must provide the conditions where workers can be productive, comfortable and, most importantly, have good mental health, whilst offering co-working opportunities so workers can get a balance.”

Being able to provide a combination of all job types, including remote working, can create not just a sustainable work force but satisfied employees and good office culture as well.





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