Working from Home is getting a lot of coverage at the moment but most of the conversation is about the difference it makes to our working lives. Some love it, some hate and some sit in the middle.

For those that love it, it seems that getting out of the commute is the big driver, for those that hate it the reasons are more varied but most revolve around social interaction. Not all of us however have the option of work from home as research from Roy Morgan shows.

 

For that group that is able to Work from Home more readily you are in an enviable position compared to those that can’t but it does potentially come without some possible longer term downsides?

  • If you are WFH for the first time and the benefit to the organisation is business continuity and cost, will your job still remain when the pandemic is over?
  • Will there be an increase in offshoring jobs or will in fact the opposite occur.
  • There is also the growing concern about isolation and loss of identity and corporate culture which could lead to loss of talent and decreased innovation.
  • By using your home as a workspace, you may lose the benefits home has to you as an individual or member of a family.

The Covid Pandemic has introduced constraints that have forced us to find new ways of work, but are you sure that this new way actually is the optimum solution? All the above questions will be answered in the fulness of time, but for now we suggest you do what you need to do and keep an open mind on what the future holds. Always follow good business principles of connecting your vision, values with strategy and the ensure your business model delivers for all the stakeholders.