Will you really go back to working normally again?

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Posted 31st Mar
If your working from home, do you really think you will go back to working normally again?

I run a large fleet of mixed vehicles with a staff of 5 and though we need some office work and to be physically there to do some of the checks etc. I cant imagine going back in at 9, in a suit and tie to do everything I can do from home.

Staff have already asked me if they can crunch figures from home and being older and more wise I will negotiate on there behalves with the board.

What about you lot? I recognise not everyone can work from home, like the fleet washers etc.

Can you, the environment or anything else take the daily commute and grind again!?
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It's been fantastic to see people starting to realise there's life beyond the workplace. I know it can never be everyone, but I've definitely noticed people appreciating the simpler things in life that were often forgotten about. Now, let's get rid of social media next. Facebook, Instagram and others have a lot to answer for...
I would not want to work from home.

End up hating your life no communication, no making self look presentable,
end up being a slob IMO, only some can do it succesfully
I have a horrid commute round the world's biggest car park (M25) so I have done a day or two working from home for some years - but at lot of people where I work commute and I can only see working from home increasing now we're all proving that it can be done effectively!
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I have a horrid commute round the world's biggest car park (M25) so I have done a day or two working from home for some years - but at lot of people where I work commute and I can only see working from home increasing now we're all proving that it can be done effectively!
It's been fantastic to see people starting to realise there's life beyond the workplace. I know it can never be everyone, but I've definitely noticed people appreciating the simpler things in life that were often forgotten about. Now, let's get rid of social media next. Facebook, Instagram and others have a lot to answer for...
I don’t think I’d have a choice... it’s hard teaching kids from home! I’m dreading those first few days back in school when we do eventually go back, they’re always more difficult after a regular school holiday, but these closures on top is just a recipe for absolute chaos!
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I wonder on the mindset of some. I have had to work from home due to injury for 5 months and have heard from the horses mouths that I am still more productive than my other team members yet they still want me in when better (the only reason I'm being paid is probably because the others in the department are bone idle). Proven over time yet will go back to normal for me...not missing an hour commute! Well done on rethinking the processes!
Defo its opened peoples eyes of how much can be done at home, as opposed to going into the office. If you have a long commute, surely this makes it more better for all parties concerned. less travel, less cost, less hassle, better for your well being. Saturday morning was weird as I had to tell myself its saturday so not go to the desk
with modern technology of video conferencing, think more companies will look to people working from home. it'll save on costs of renting a bigger building and associated costs.

I do miss the office atmosphere, meeting people not in my team but i socialise with at work. Im certainly having less brews and eating less, though thats probably because the OH is keeping an eye on me..LOL
I wish I could work from home but I can’t build brick in my living room
I would not want to work from home.

End up hating your life no communication, no making self look presentable,
end up being a slob IMO, only some can do it succesfully
Scotland131431/03/2020 09:59

I wish I could work from home but I can’t build brick in my living room ( …I wish I could work from home but I can’t build brick in my living room


You can always them in the bathroom!
Gumbon31/03/2020 10:02

I would not want to work from home.End up hating your life no …I would not want to work from home.End up hating your life no communication, no making self look presentable, end up being a slob IMO, only some can do it succesfully


A slob? Most of Britain must work from home then lol.
I’ve worked from home for almost 3 years now. Occasional travel for company meetings but that’s maybe once every 3 months.
It’s tough to begin with and not always plain sailing. However when it comes to work/home balance. I spend 1.5 hours less stuck commuting. See the kids straight I’m home from school, dinner is earlier, etc.

Pollution reduction is the winner in all this. Less cars out and about. It will likely stay that way, certainly reduced. Maybe those 5k mileage lease car deals are more valid than ever.
Omg no it's only been a week and I hate the 4 walls I'm confined to
Another major benefit of working from home. I live in the North East of Scotland but my nearest office is NE England.
You can live anywhere. Which would help disperse home costs and let people live in cheaper areas, preferably with decent broadband, space and great views.
Oneday7731/03/2020 10:03

You can always them in the bathroom!


Nae room in there fur ma mixer
Scotland131431/03/2020 10:53

Nae room in there fur ma mixer


A wee bit of ex-lax and the loo brush and yer sorted.
We went WFH a day a week a few years ago, many do 2 days and we went fully casual dress last July. Once this has come to its conclusion I can see our office moving to a smaller site, where each department does a single day in the office.
The virus has made us challenge the status quo in ways we could not even imagine. I am hoping that in the rush to go back to "normal", everyone including corporations don't blindly go back to doing things the way they were being done. Changes I would like to see -

More people working from home - great for the family and great for the environment (but the latter may be offset by more delivery vehicles)
Lower demand for office space - hopefully gets used to build more housing

Things that will become messy -

Retail - the high streets will continue to be gutted but hopefully not replaced just by vaping shops
Public transport - if less people commute, investment will slow down with very little new capacity required
Service businesses - anything that depends on offices and commuting will be gutted; I can see a huge impact on restaurants and the likes of Pret
Income growth - with lower cost to do a job (minimal commute, lower cost of clothing, lunch outside), some companies will cut back on any salary / wage increase even after the recession ends. Hopefully, this is offset by some investment in better equipment for home offices
Scotland131431/03/2020 09:59

I wish I could work from home but I can’t build brick in my living room ( …I wish I could work from home but I can’t build brick in my living room


Try Lego.
With all these eSports maybe eBricky will take off and people pay to watch you build the Taj Mahal in your living room in your vest.
PeacePipe31/03/2020 11:27

Try Lego. With all these eSports maybe eBricky will take off and …Try Lego. With all these eSports maybe eBricky will take off and people pay to watch you build the Taj Mahal in your living room in your vest.


Don’t ware a vest would rather build the Death Star
Would love to work from home. I usually work in a shop but as we're closed I'm currently helping out with our social media team from home. Nice to actually be able to get upskilled in something new, it's just a shame that it's come off the back of something so bad.
After WW2 the country ditched its wartime hero Churchill to build a better nation on a new tangent than the one that was there before.

Will we do the same? Corona will lead to an obvious impact and recession on the economy, if it will scar for a long time in the UK we cannot be sure.
Kurando31/03/2020 13:09

Would love to work from home. I usually work in a shop but as we're closed …Would love to work from home. I usually work in a shop but as we're closed I'm currently helping out with our social media team from home. Nice to actually be able to get upskilled in something new, it's just a shame that it's come off the back of something so bad.


Many innovations are born off the back of disaster. As a minimum I hope people learn to appreciate what they have more.
I'm lucky as I already work from home, Hopefully the economy will adapt after this has all blown over. Sadly I think lot's of businesses will close down. Ironically China and Russia will probably be the two big superpowers after this.
No choice for me, can’t take a radar screen home.
Kurando31/03/2020 13:09

Would love to work from home. I usually work in a shop but as we're closed …Would love to work from home. I usually work in a shop but as we're closed I'm currently helping out with our social media team from home. Nice to actually be able to get upskilled in something new, it's just a shame that it's come off the back of something so bad.


look at it as a opportunity to branch out, like you said, learn something else and maybe get another career out of it. good luck!
Gumbon31/03/2020 10:02

I would not want to work from home.End up hating your life no …I would not want to work from home.End up hating your life no communication, no making self look presentable, end up being a slob IMO, only some can do it succesfully


I work from home, have done for years. Its all about displaicne.
AgentDaleCooper31/03/2020 16:53

I work from home, have done for years. Its all about displaicne.


Or reading back what you've written?
This will result in a seismic shift in the way that companies and businesses operate, the way that people think about their work, health, their lifestyle, family and relationships, and also the environment.
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