Currently, working from home means just that - working in our actual homes. But at its heart, working from home simply means working flexibly. That may be at home, or it may be somewhere else: on a train, at a relative's house, in the dentist's waiting room. Anywhere.
Looking ahead to a post-Lockdown world, flexible working looks set to become mainstream. But that doesn't mean we wont still need offices. For some, working from the office is the optimal environment: the collaboration, the reliable internet, the dual monitors and laserjet printers, the sit-stand desks (or just desks that aren't kitchen tables), the air conditioning, the lack of children running laps.
Anywhere includes the traditional office, although what that office looks like may need to change. Banks of fixed desks may be replaced with a mix of touch down space, collaboration and project areas, and more meeting rooms.
Some businesses may try and do away with the office altogether, but could this simply convert existing property costs into additional IT expenditure? Will a generous IT grant replace Kombucha as the next employee must have? Some staff still want to work from a quiet, well equipped, professional environment, could this lead to a rise in demand for serviced office space? Whatever the future holds, you are likely to be able to do it anywhere.
It’s not about further imprisoning us in our homes — it’s about empowering us to think and work exactly where we are personally most productive