The Year That Work Changed
Over the last few weeks dozens of people have got in touch with me. ‘I know that you’re saying that the world has changed its views and home-working is here to stay, but my boss doesn’t agree and we’re going back 5 days a week from September’. They normally sign off with something like, ‘Please! What can I send them to make them change their mind?’ I understand the feeling, when I wrote my book I felt there was so much benefit from working in close proximity to colleagues ‘sync’ that remote working all the time would be a bad step.
This page just gives some of the evidence that might help any of us realise that the world has changed.
- 86% of bosses believe home-working is here to stay
- Nice, 69% of CEOs say they plan to downsize the size of the office – and they believe remote working has actually improved communication
- BP have said they plan to halve their office footprint around the world
- A great, detailed study into remote working and productivity. Findings: 88% of those who have worked from home through the coronatimes want to continue in some capacity, almost half of (47%) want to work at home all of the time. 70% of workers say they got more done at home (reminder that the context of this is that many people were additionally dealing with children at home)
- Home-working is more efficient: Home working achieves 16 days more productivity per year than office working
- Resisting home-working will quickly make it difficult to hire the best people: 3/4 of US bosses accept that home-working is now inevitable
- Most people say they feel more effective working from home
There’s lots of evidence that workers won’t accept going back to a 5 day commute:
- 1500 people survey – 98.5% of people don’t want to go back to the office full-time
- 6000 people survey – “75% don’t want to go back”
- 2000 people – 57% don’t want to go back to their old hours (more on the same survey)
- 100 firm survey
And faced with all of this evidence more and more firms are announcing they recognise that a mixed economy of remote and office based working is the right solution:
What could come after this? We’re likely to see the hotelification of office space. Smaller offices set for specific purposes.