The debate about working from home has been raging for years. I remember arguing its merits with my boss at P&G in the 1990s. At the time I was commuting to Weybridge from Nottingham and back, a haunting 280 mile round trip that, thanks to the M25, could add up to 6 hours on the motorway for each visit to the office.
One of the positives to come out of this very difficult period is the case for working from home is finally getting the traction it deserves. Even the skeptics are seeing the benefits for employees, employers, clients and the environment. They’ve recognised working from home actually reduces costs, cuts the carbon footprint, saves time, improves personal well-being and, most of all, we can still provide exactly the same level of client care as we are only ever a conference call away.
For me there are 5 very powerful lessons we have all learned over the last few weeks:
1. With every challenge come new opportunities.
2. The biggest barrier to progress is our mind-set.
3. Working from home does not sacrifice service or quality (in fact it arguably might even improve it in some cases)
4. Location isn’t a barrier to communicating with clients, referrers or any other professional contacts.
5. What we’ve always done has to be challenged not accepted.
This is the perfect time for firms to make bold decisions on how they will adapt to meet the new demands they’ll face once things get back to normal. If you would like to discuss how we can support that process and book your first free 30 minute Zoom consultation, please email us today.