As we approach what is (hopefully) the end of the pandemic with millions more Brits being vaccinated, when we do return to the office what will have changed?
Much more flexibility
If we’ve been taught anything, it’s that a large amount of what office based workers do, can be done from home. With increased productivity being reported and a more flexible working structure, lots of businesses have thrived as a result of the pandemic. There’s naturally consideration to be given to the tragedies that have occurred and the businesses that have become casualties, but generally speaking a large number of businesses have thrived by adapting to the new challenges that have been presented over the last 12 months. What the pandemic has done in effect is accelerated digital transformation.
Employees now have the tools to work with more freedom. They can access company data from home, participate in online meetings and can upload their work for collaboration onto cloud storage or via VPNs. It’s put a strain on many an infrastructure to accommodate this increased demand, but those who were already using cloud hosting have (hopefully) just made a pivot and changed their setup to meet this need.
Meetings have changed, forever
Businesses now typically conduct their meetings over apps built for purpose such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom – meaning that the “meetings for a meetings sake” culture will have drastically reduced. This means efficiencies will improve and when people go back to the office it’s likely that they will think twice before calling a meeting. What it also means is that within the allotted time schedule, more needs to be done – there’s more direction for people to follow and a given reason for the meeting.
When we return to the office there will be much more importance placed on the human interaction element. Often, working from home can feel lonely with the same four walls and limited socialisation, so when we go back it’ll be interesting to see the new dynamic of the workplace. Will people be more focused outside of their socialising? Have their work habits changed to be more driven to task based competency?
IT staff have found a new gear
The increase in network infrastructure requirements has forced IT staff across businesses into overdrive. Previously, a few people working from home was enough to provide differing levels of access via VPNs or cloud access. Now that has changed to almost entire workforces, they’ve responded admirably. Some of the infrastructure managers we’ve spoken to have identified their weaknesses through the pandemic and sought to amend their support going forward, providing their users with a greater degree of connectivity and access which will future proof the business.
This shift in working has also identified security elements of the infrastructure which have also been addressed. Administrative tools have been pushed to breaking point with the understanding that there needs to be different levels of access for different users. Storage too. IT staff have been forced to find new and inventive ways to ensure that their current storage meets the needs of the business.
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