So that was summer, sort of. Whilst the weather wasn’t quite as good as last year at least there was a bit more we were able to do.
It’s been a while since we last sat down to write one of these, and generally a busy summer, although we’ve all managed to take a little time off from EJC and have even managed some welcome changes of scenery after eighteen months of the same views.
Some of our clients are pretty much back to pre-Covid ways of working, some have made varying levels of adjustments and a few have entirely changed the way they work: ditching a central office, moving more services to the cloud and working remote-only, for example.
Remote Working – The ‘New Normal’
There is of course plenty of talk about the ‘new normal’ and the many other phrases which have seeped into the lexicography. We’re pretty glad not to be seeing ‘unprecedented times’ in every other email any more. But looking back we’re hugely proud of both the way our team responded to the pandemic, and how our clients acted quickly, adapted fast and made the most of the opportunities to change and improve which were presented.
What of the future? An increased amount of remote working is undoubtedly here to stay, although over the long-term there will be a lot of adjustment needed.
Habits are hard to change, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see people who work in the same physical space as their managers ending up with more pivotal relationships and promotion opportunities.
Will sales staff go back to face-to-face meetings if they think they can sell more, or accept slightly lower commissions but with much less effort?
Companies based in cities might find their traditional pool of job applicants expands across the country, or even the world. That could lead to finding different skills or being able to offer different levels of compensation: a far-flung candidate might be able to earn more from you than with a local company while still offering a saving to your payroll.
Others might find newer methods more efficient or more satisfying. Less commuting will undoubtedly have a positive impact on both local communities and the world at large… as long as you’re not one of the many businesses which rely on that footfall of course.
There are always winners and losers when things change. Sometimes it’s unexpected, sometimes predictable. Over the next few months we’re going to look in-depth at some of the changes we think are coming from a technology point of view. How you can adapt your business further, and better, to new ways of working. What to do if you don’t want to change — and what to do if you’re desperate to.
If you’ve got any questions or suggestions in the meantime, just let us know.