As nations and states outline plans for reopening, businesses need to decide what normal will look like in the post-pandemic world. Will millions of workers leave remote work behind, dig out their business attire and return to the office? Or does the traditional office become a relic of the past?
Benefits of the traditional office
Chance discussions in the elevator can prove pivotal, and many employees thrive in the structured environment of a traditional office. Workers can set aside other distractions and focus on the work at hand, and teams benefit from the opportunity to physically gather in one room.
Benefits of the virtual office
On the other hand, employees gain back the hours spent commuting and the ability to even out the balance between work and personal life. With reduced stress and more control over their time, morale improves. And for many workers, working remotely provides the optimal space to concentrate, improving productivity.
Build in flexibility for uncertain times
For most organisations, the right answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. Many workers will choose to continue working remotely at least part of the time. Others will welcome the chance for in-person connection and the ability to leave work behind at the end of the day. But, with future lockdowns possible, businesses need the ability to adapt to multiple scenarios.
Back to work flexibility
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Mazzanti is CEO of eMazzanti Technologies. eMazzanti’s team of trained, certified IT experts rapidly deliver increased revenue growth, data security and productivity for clients ranging from law firms to high-end global retailers, providing advanced retail and payment technology, cloud and mobile solutions, multi-site implementations, 24×7 outsourced network management, remote monitoring and support.