Office vs Homeworking

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Since the outbreak of COVID-19, more people than ever have worked from home. With many businesses forced to close their workplaces due to the pandemic, employees were
tasked with working remotely.

Although offices are now reopening with social distancing measures in place, there has been a sharp decline in the number of people returning to a pre-COVID schedule. Despite the
Government’s calls for employees to return to their desks, a significant number are eager to keep working from home.

So, what’s behind the work from home revolution? Prior to 2020, just 1.7 million people reported working from home regularly, with only 8.7 million having ever worked remotely. In
April 2020, almost 50% of the UK workforce was operating remotely.

While the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the shift in working behaviours, why are employees so reluctant to return to their offices? Furthermore, how are companies
responding to the demands and needs of staff working remotely?

To identify the reasons behind the move towards homeworking and evaluate what the future of work looks like for the average Britain, it’s important to look at the issue from two
standpoints: employee and employer.