Remote working. It seems that many more people are doing it these days, attracted by the shortened commute and often lower overheads. So is remote working all it’s cracked up to be? Do we need the office anymore?
The argument for the office
Some argue that remote working is encouraging a loss of human contact, which could lead to a loss of team cohesion. For people who think remote working is a bad thing, the office is a vibrant workspace and social outlet.
To others though, the idea of the office is old-fashioned. In previous decades, the office was necessary; people had to work within a few feet of one another. But today’s technology means this isn’t necessary anymore. To take one example, video conferencing and internet calls means that two people on opposite sides of the world can have a ‘face-to-face’.
Other pros of remote working include more content employees, greater productivity and cost savings. Less office space is needed to provided staff with desks and other facilities. This leads to lower energy consumption and smaller energy bills. Shorter or no commutes means that work is begun earlier and finished later, increasing what can be produced in a day. And lastly, but by no means least, staff are happier because their lives have become more flexible. This is especially important as recent statistics suggest that more than 10 million days are lost from employees having to take time off the office due to work-related stress.
What do you think? Is remote working the future or is there something to be said for the traditional office environment?
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