The Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the way people work. Sustained stay-at-home orders worldwide have forced organizations to contend not only with enabling remote working by equipping employees with the necessary technology but also with how this shift affects the way people work outside a traditional office environment. With the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines, attention is turning to what the experiences of the past year will mean for the future of work and the actions businesses must take now to ensure their long-term strength and viability. One thing seems certain: flexible working is here to stay. The new vaccines bring cautious optimism that employees will be able to start returning to offices by the end of 2021.
However, many business leaders expect remote working to continue to play an important long-term role in their organizations: 34% of companies expect more than half of their workforce to work from home for three or more days per week after the pandemic, according to CCS Insight’s Senior Leadership IT Investment Survey, 2020, compared with just 15% prior to the crisis.