Working from home isn’t new, but when most office workers were asked to abandon the office due to Coronavirus, no one knew exactly what was going to happen. But it soon emerged that it worked, and no one missed the expensive, crowded commute into an expensive crowded city.
When businesses realised that it hadn’t impacted on performance, they too began to adapt to this ‘New Normal’.
There are many advantages, most of which were hitherto unknown. There is now compelling evidence that long term ‘hybrid working’ could benefit employees and businesses, making the city centres more habitable, and ploughing much needed money and life into the regions as remote workers start to contribute more to their local economies.
It’s a win, win.
But the opportunity won’t last forever and if business leaders, city planners, local authorities and government don’t act to address the significant problems of repurposing our big cities into more humane spaces, then we could slide back into the old, grim and altogether unnecessary ways.
WORKING talks to workers of all types who have found ways to cope, and don’t want to go back, ever.
It also addresses what might happen to our cities and offers some insights into what could be done to make them more habitable, greener and affordable places for people to live and work.