Working from home was a luxury for a few prior to the pandemic but now the vast majority of workforces are used to the idea, daresay sick of it, but few want to go back to the straight 9-5.
Business leaders have worked out how to manage remote teams, the IT infrastructure is in place and employees feel trusted to get on with their work.
But what does that mean for the future of offices in towns and city centres?
After the first lockdown hit almost a year ago on March 23, 2020 – the head of the CBI issued a warning that even the most vibrant towns and cities risk desertion while workers who usually pop to the shops at lunchtime or after work continue to stay away.
Dame Carolyn Fairbairn said cities will become ‘ghost towns’ with thousands of local businesses that relied on the passing trade suffering as a result, she said.
That observation was made six months ago and the pandemic really has taken a bite out of the High Street since then.
As we look to steer a path out of lockdown 3, how has the way we work changed and in turn, how