As lockdown measures continue to push businesses of all shapes and sizes to adapt to remote working, many employers are beginning to challenge the need for traditional office environments altogether.
The rapid climatisation to a completely new way of working has surprised many businesses and promoted many employees to rethink their work-life balance. A recent survey by IBM survey found that 58% of employees who are currently working from home due to the ongoing pandemic would like to exclusively work from home in a post-COVID era.
That said, Stanford economist, Nicholas Bloom explains that firms could face a “productivity disaster” as more and more people are forced to “work alongside their kids in unsuitable spaces, with no choice and in-office days”.
Sudden changes to our daily lives have prompted big questions across the accountancy sector about the future of work. Join us as we explore the costs and benefits of both remote working and office environments to shine a ray of light on this increasingly pressing debate for modern businesses.
Knowing how to reduce overhead costs in business while also finding opportunities for financial growth forms the backbone of almost all decisions in the workplace.
While many accountancy firms view the move away from physical office spaces and adapting to remote working as a means to cut expenses, others fear the performance costs from reduced team interaction and negative impacts of company culture could outweigh the financial benefits.
As accountants, we’re always interested in finding marginal gains and attaching value to our actions to help clients make intelligent business decisions. Instead of blindly adopting new ways of working, today’s accountancy firms must assess the potential impacts of new working habits from both sides of the coin.
Crucially, accountants are responsible for helping clients strike a sustainable and cost-effective balance between short-term savings and long-term benefits.
So, what better way to broach this subject than an old-fashioned cost-benefit analysis of remote working versus traditional office environments?
Benefits of Working Remotely
Costs of Working Remotely
Benefits of Working in an Office
Costs of Office Environments
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The unprecedented nature of COVID-19 has prompted businesses across almost all sectors to rethink their operations and challenge traditional working practices.
While some businesses have been faster than others to embrace remote working, accountants will play a fundamental role in helping clients make intelligent business decisions that balance financial savings with the benefits of a highly-engaged and supported workforce.
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