Let’s be clear, Covid-19 was a time that rocked the world and created huge instability and uncertainty for many. It was a time filled with towering levels of anxiety and crippling fear. I hold my hand up and can say with certainty that this was the case for me too. However, what the pandemic did teach a lot of people was about their priorities. People had the opportunity to reflect on what they wanted for their lives and careers and started to prioritise that. Workplaces have very much acknowledged that it is a candidate’s market and that companies need to up their game to keep their staff happy. Remote or hybrid working in the past was nearly a perk that employees were granted following strong performance and work ethic. It wasn’t necessarily something that everyone could expect. However, the pandemic changed that. Work from home or hybrid working seems to now be the norm. A lot of companies have either relinquished or just scaled back their new or current office space as the majority of work is being done remotely.
Personally, I am a fan. In this climate of soaring cost of living, car expenses, heating, and the big shop, it’s no wonder employees relish the idea of cutting costs and saving their hard-earned salaries. I don’t know if employees will or should be brought back to the office unless their roles require them to be, or they choose to be. There are many questions that come with this such as measuring team connection, output and dealing with operational issues. Watch this space.