What will happen to flexible working after lockdown?

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This article was kindly written by Molly Johnson-Jones, Co-Founder of Flexa.

Everyone is going a bit stir crazy, we all miss face-to-face interactions, and suddenly the idea of getting on the tube to commute to work doesn’t seem so bad after all.

Is this the end of people wanting to work from home?

Are we sick of it and never want to work another day on our sofas once this is all over? 

I don’t think so. We’ve been speaking to lots of people about whether this period of time is likely to change the way that they want to work, and the feedback has been really interesting. Here’s an example:

“In a funny way, I’m less stressed. I’m not running around every morning and evening with school runs, worrying about traffic, being late for meetings. I really miss the face-to-face chat, the on the spot whiteboard sessions and so on. But maybe there’s a balance I didn’t think was possible.”

People will be seeking balance

I won’t use the phrase work-life balance, as I know Dan hates it, but working from home does come with upsides as well as downsides, and having the ability to blend the positives of going into the office with the positives of working from home. 

On days when you’re worn out, or need to drop the kids at school, or have a massive task that needs attention, working from home might work better. On days where a project needs kicking off, you have a load of meetings, or you just feel like catching up with people, then heading into the office is something you might look forward to.  

Freedom and choice has an enormous impact on our happiness and mental health. 

That choice will become key for employees and potential candidates, and companies will have to adapt to this if they are to keep pace with how people want to work. 

Hopefully, once we’re back to normal, more employers will embrace flexibility and choice in their working environments. Instead of flexible working being something we request and are expected to justify, it will become the established way of working. 

I really think that this elongated period of absence from the office will help to remove presenteeism from office culture. We can get things done at home, even with children demanding snacks, and dogs barking, so imagine what we can achieve when we get to choose when to work at home and when to come into the office.

This article was kindly written by Molly Johnson-Jones, Co-Founder of Flexa.


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