The pandemic has changed the working world significantly over the last few months. With offices abandoned, home working becoming the norm and video calls replacing physical meetings – it has been a revolutionary period for the way of working.
Technology has replaced the traditional ways of working and has showed the true potential of not having an office for many businesses.
So what changes do we expect to remain?
Office or home based?
Some companies such as Twitter, have already announced that they will be giving all staff the option to work from home. Whilst others are planning to reopen their offices fully once its considered safe to do so.
Many companies are also planning part time remote working, with some giving complete choice over where they work.
It is fair to say that for some companies it has shown how successful work can still be without an office. Within Opus we have successfully managed to work from home since March, with minimal issues, including welcoming new members of the team remotely. We have upgraded internal technology to help keep Opus running smoothly and efficiently with keeping in mind our candidates and clients with every business decision to ensure the highest quality service.
Masks or no masks?
At current, the government guidance is not enforcing masks when working in an office. Of course, an employer may enforce this, and social distancing will be advised for the foreseeable in any place outside your house when meeting others outside of your bubble.
It’s important you are always carrying a mask with you; in case you wish to go into a shop or use public transport to commute. In these places it is mandatory that you wear a mask.
To enforce the 2m distancing rules many offices will need to be rearranged; desks will need to be spaced out, some may require clear screens to separate desks and there may be one-way systems around the building. It is important to realise that the office you left will be a different one to the one you are returning too. It isn’t anything to feel apprehensive about, it is all done for your own safety.
It has been seen across many industries that productivity levels have risen due to being able to effectively divide and prioritise their time up at home, whilst not getting drawn into as many coffee breaks or small chat within the office. This has meant in many cases a short phone conversation is held instead of a meeting.
For many this has led to an increase in productivity and efficiency. It will be interesting to see if meetings are kept to a minimum when teams begin to return to the office.
Video calls have been a blessing (and a curse at points – especially if you have temperamental Wi-Fi!) throughout lockdown. It has enabled teams to keep connected and continue to see faces you’d normally see every day at work! Meetings can continue with ease with people across the country and even abroad. Whereas previously, you might have travelled across counties to meet individuals, a simple video call is now the norm and can save a huge amount of time.
Within Opus, we’ve been able to keep the business moving forward with recruitment still taking place for each of our councils. Virtual interviews are being held daily and no compromises on compliance are being taken to ensure we are in line with our REC accredited standards. Virtual interviews are often quicker and more efficient, allowing more candidates to be seen or decisions to be made quicker making it a better experience for both the candidate and hiring manager.
Each business will take an individual approach regarding their return to their office dependant on government guidance and what has worked for them during lockdown.
From saving money on petrol and shop bought coffees, to additional time with family and friends, many people have had more positive experiences with home working than negative. What features would you like to see remain?