Debate: Does the home-working trend caused by coronavirus herald the death of the office?

Businesses can cut overheads on office space, while remote working has … The coronavirus crisis has forced droves of people to work from home.

As the world gets used to home-working, City A.M. asks whether this means the end for traditional office spaces.

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Yes – Andrew Johnson, managing director at PowWowNow

With millions of people having to work from home worldwide, the future of the office as we know it will be transformed. Companies will have the technology, policies and procedures in place to facilitate flexible working effectively, and employees will be accustomed to a remote working environment.

Flexible working was already growing in popularity; PowWowNow’s research found that 81 per cent of people believe it makes a job more attractive.

Going forwards, companies will embrace flexible working more willingly. Businesses can cut overheads on office space, while remote working has been found to boost productivity. For employees, money and time is saved on not having to commute, while staff can better balance work-life commitments. Meanwhile, the environmental benefits from cutting commutes will be significant.

This global experiment will evoke a reconsideration of the relationship between staff and the workspace, bringing us towards a healthier, happier, and more productive future.

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