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Now is definitely the time to start to plan your business’ way out of Furlough. July will be here, before we know it.


Whilst this might seem like a challenge, it could actually be an opportunity in disguise. You may be tempted to go back to how you worked before but, given recent experience, is that the best option for your business now?


The Pandemic brought remote working into the norm for lots of employers that hadn’t had staff working from home previously. Some companies struggled with the sheer technical impact of how they could facilitate it, especially at such short notice. Others were already equipped from a technical perspective but were not prepared in terms of how they could manage remote workers on such a large scale.


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A report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that remote working did not cause a fall in productivity in 71 per cent of businesses, and in a third of them productivity had increased, suggesting that many could make the shift permanent after the crisis ends.


Did you see an increase in efficiencies or productivity? Has this given you more capacity?


You might also recognise there were some activities that were enshrined in pre- pandemic times that you have not missed and don’t need at all!


Businesses in general will need to consider their employees’ welfare and the latest research by digital coaching provider Ezra, suggested 75 per cent of


staff do not want to return to the office full time once we get back to ‘normal’. So, managing staff remotely, at least some of the time, is probably here to stay.


Does this mean you will need less office space and perhaps be able to reduce these overheads?


Some staff have really benefited from not having to commute to the office. This has improved their work/ life balance, given them more time for rest, and in some cases, they have been afforded greater flexibility around when they work.


It is certainly also true that some staff have experienced increased stress, anxiety, loneliness, and perhaps other mental health issues, from working remotely. Many have found it much harder to


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