When lockdowns were first enforced in March, an estimated 300 million office workers across the globe made the shift to remote working. With little warning and question marks around the logistics of handling such a seismic operational change, business leaders made quick decisions in their endeavour to keep running.
Months later, despite widespread initial reservations, many accountancy firms are embracing the transformation to working from home. Bosses have recognised that they’re able to operate effectively with a dispersed workforce and haven’t experienced the drop in productivity they’d anticipated. According to Gartner, 74% of organisations plan to permanently shift to more remote work post-Covid-19  – including PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, which announced that the majority of its 22,000 UK staff will work remotely in the future.
Love or hate homeworking, the fact is that it’s here to stay and as the UK embraces ‘Lockdown 2.0’, it has become apparent that businesses are facing long-term change. Any temporary measures put in place back in March won’t constitute a sustainable long-term solution and could hamper businesses from transitioning successfully into this new era of remote and hybrid working.
Leading outsourced communications provider, Moneypenny, has supported the accountancy sector throughout the pandemic to ensure firms are available as and when their clients need them.