Mid- January signals the end of the summer holidays and for most of us, the traditional return to the office For Victorians, working under restrictions since July, Monday may be the first time that up to 50% of the workers in any one office may be allowed to return to site, but just how many of us resume business as usual?
Overcoming the initial difficulties with technology and adapting to different routines, many of us have embraced the opportunity of working remotely from the office. Instead of the fears of lack of productivity, for many of us the opposite has been true. Online meeting platforms enable a potentially wider participation with time zones and locations no longer a barrier. Equally, with no daily commute, those precious extra hours offer an opportunity for a better work / life balance.
The remote work option does not work for everyone. Job function, career stage and of course individual personality have a large bearing on the success or otherwise of remote working. Team members who take inspiration from the collective energy and collaboration opportunities within a team may be disadvantaged, as too relatively new members of any workforce, including those just embarking upon their careers.
The rollout of vaccination programs across the globe will play a significant role in just how quickly we can return to a full office environment. As we look forward to a new “’Covid- normal” world, the most likely scenario will be a permanent shift to a blended work model. Although forced upon us as the result of a global pandemic, we may well emerge with a structure that combines the best of both worlds.
Are YOU looking forward to going back to the office?