One thing’s for sure; it’s a hotly debated topic. Despite how strong either camp may be in their assertions, is there really one ‘right answer’? I think not.
Overall, office-based workers adapted amazingly well to working from home. It wasn’t ideal for everyone though, particularly those navigating their way through home-schooling or for anyone working from a bedroom in shared accommodation. Even so, the mass move to home working, achieved practically overnight, was a remarkable feat. Here we are, some 15 months later, with many still at home, continuing to deliver.
But, doing it forever? Well, that’s another matter and one that needs careful consideration. CIPD’s report on Working from Home highlighted the need for employers to “be aware of the differences between ‘standard’ and COVID-enforced homeworking”. There’s a big difference between the two.