My World: June 2021…
This is part of a series of articles where our contributors describe how they think things will look a year from now.
A year from now, I expect working life to have evolved significantly. Until three months ago, I had no idea what Zoom was, Teams was installed but never used and I’d listened to a handful of webinars at best. I regularly spoke to colleagues and clients around the world, but would have walked past them on the street having never met them in person. The lockdown and enforced work from home changed this and much more.
While working from home proved easier and more productive than expected, I don’t anticipate it will fully replace the office. I believe the social aspect, in particular, can’t be replaced with video calls, especially for new starters in the company. Also, most people don’t have the luxury of being able to create a dedicated work space with a proper desk, chairs, two large screens and fast internet at home. Instead, I believe we will see a blend of office and home working with maybe two or three days in the office and the rest at home. The focus of office days is likely to be face to face meetings while home working will provide time for writing and working on projects with fewer interruptions. Of course this won’t be possible for everyone as many jobs require people to be in the office.