• Business
  • 28/02/2022
What Does the Future of Working Look Like?

If you can, cast your mind back to December 2019. For most, this was probably the last taste of normality before the world changed forever. You might remember the end of the year work party, counting down to midnight on the 31st blissfully unaware of what was to come, or bumping elbows on a mish-mash of dining room furniture on Christmas Day.

Whatever your precursors were for 2020, we can pretty safely say none of us would've predicted what was to come (if you did predict a global pandemic that's still ongoing over two years later, please send on next week's Lottery numbers to j.stewart@fifosys.com).

Now, as restrictions ease across the UK, it may be time to reflect and ask, "what does the future of work look like?".

Working Arrangements: Hybrid, Home or the Office?

The pandemic disrupted working arrangements in seemingly unimaginable ways. As redundancies soared and businesses' front doors slammed shut globally, furlough schemes were quickly introduced for those who couldn't work remotely. Thankfully, the days of 23-hour lockdowns in our own homes are past us, and we're free to work from where we want once more.

But future working arrangements are going to be a contentious topic. There are no two ways about it. When you speak to people and ask their opinions, there's seemingly a solid split on where they want to work - either from home, the office or a hybrid approach.

In a survey conducted by McKinsey in 2021, findings were clear: nine out of ten organisations will be moving to a hybrid work approach, citing increased productivity and customer satisfaction amongst the main reasons why.

Benefits don't just end there either - other benefits of letting staff work in a location include:

  • A work/life balance that's in favour of staff
  • Better conditions for parents, carers and those considered vulnerable
  • Increased staff morale as they feel validated and not like a commodity
  • Higher staff retention
  • More money from a salary is in employees' pockets and not spent on travel
  • Lower emissions for those who use cars to commute

Of course, there will be those who crave a return to five days a week in an office. And, this isn't without benefits either. Some people crave the company of others to inspire and get them through a day - others like a break from working in the confines of their bedroom/kitchen.

Whichever camp you find yourself in, one thing is for certain: this debate will rage on for some time.

Conferences

Those who work tirelessly in the IT sector can attest - conferences play a huge part in our roles. From new product launches to software releases and annual updates, calendars pre-COVID were packed with events.

Whilst this was great (especially for the social aspect!), it was unbelievably time consuming and restricted many from attending. 

By now, we've all attended some form of a virtual webinar, call or conference. There are clear benefits from continuing to do so in the future, too.

Recently, we asked, 'Will there still be a place in the world for virtual conferences?', and sure, Zoom fatigue might have struck seven times over for you now, but it's hard to imagine a world without online events.

In fact, in a poll conducted by Nature Portfolio, findings showed that 74% of respondents wanted virtual conferences to stay after COVID. 

Although, like remote working, virtual events aren't without their flaws. Using product launches as an example, attendees miss out on the tangible aspect of getting hands-on with new technology. Not only that, but they miss vital human interaction, which may lead to innovation.

Equally, as the World Trade Institute said, "The COVID-19 pandemic exposed global digital inequalities that produce real economic and social consequences."

So, with not everyone still not fully ready for the future, what next?

Supporting the Future

Do you still feel a little lost in the world when it comes to technology and the next steps? Perhaps you want to enable greater flexibility with remote working but can't physically do so yet?

An MSP could be what your organisation is missing.

As with any aspect of life, no business is perfect because perfect doesn't exist. But, you may not always be aware of the areas you need to improve. When it comes to technology, you can't afford to let this be an unknown.

By working with an MSP, you'll get access to expert help and protection around the clock, with your business goals firmly at the core of the work done.  

Starting with an IT audit, we can work with you to identify the areas for improvement and then work together to formulate a plan that creates a foundation that's not just ready for 2022 - it's ready for 2025 and beyond.

The Last Word

The world is changing daily, and with it, technology too.

But, working with an MSP who has your best interests at heart means that the potential for what your business can do is only going to go one way - upwards.

With greater adoption of technology and by working with a clear plan, you can prepare for any challenges that come your way.

Sure, this can come with added risks, but an MSP such as Fifosys can offer round the clock protection with state of the art defences. So, not only are you ready for the future, you're prepared in the safest possible way. 

Why not get in touch today for a free introduction to our services?

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