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Can the current situation of Homeworking be sustained?

December 1, 2020 4:40 am

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Out of the current situation it seems that one factor about work is proving very popular with a large amount of the employed populace. We are all being asked by our employers to work from home. This is not an unreasonable request given where we are as a country  but the question remains what will happen after the current situation is over. Many of us have gone to company’s like Best Buy-officechairs and purchased some Next day office furniture with the view of converting over a bedroom, Garage or corner of the living room in order to do some work.

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The question is what happens afterwards? For many the transition has been hard and their mental health has suffered. The sense of isolation and the simple lack of interaction around the office environment has not been a pleasant one. However on the other side of the coin there are just as many (or more, if some of the statistics are to be believed) who are happier with this new arrangement and claim that they feel happier and more productive because of it.

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For employers it throws into question whether they actually need to have a huge office in the first place. For the world it suggests that we will not have a need for so many cars and public transport as the daily commute to the office is due to become a thing of the past. What kind of argument can employers use to get people back into the office when home working has worked so well?

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