COVID & WFH: Will this drive change?

In Australia, working from home is a relatively new concept within the workplace. It’d be fair to say employers view the concept likely view the concept of their employees working from home with a measure of distrust, concerned they might not undertake their duties as fully as if at work.

Then came COVID, and suddenly working from home became a necessity, even mandated by government to avoid spread of the disease. Now, employees were given an opportunity to demonstrate to their employers the benefits of working from home and the ability to trust their work would be done.

Gradually, employees have returned to work, some to a hybrid roster of working at home and in the workplace to support social distancing requirements; we are doing this in my workplace till end of year.

This has me wondering whether employers may start to examine the potential financial benefits that might be derived of an ongoing hybrid working model and not using assigned seating. Might there be savings to be made in better use of office space and not having to build/lease additional office space as often?

Might we see this happen? What would actual savings be I wonder?

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  1. I think the organisation I work for are considering some sort of hybrid model for the foreseeable future. At least the next few months as we start to go back in the office a couple of times a week. Will be interesting to see where we land!

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    1. My office has been trialling now for about six weeks, it was strange that first week returning as I felt it was noisier at home with kids playing in the streets 😂

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