I am writing this in my slippers, sitting by the fire
Last week’s arctic weather across the UK, dubbed the Beast from the East, made me really appreciate the ease with which I can work from home. Working from home is something that we take for granted these days and is an obvious part of most people’s professional lives, at least those of us with white collar jobs.
However, it isn't that long ago that the concept of working from home was seen as technically challenging and, from a management perspective, a leap of faith. While I was sitting in front of my wood burner, slippers on, laptop on my lap, it occurred to me how much attitudes have changed over the past decade.
There was a time when the concept of working from home was radical and seemed to be the central theme of almost every tech firm’s PR campaign. Cyber security firms (remote workers are the biggest vulnerability), a multitude of enterprise software firms (enable remote workers to access enterprise applications and data), IT consultancies (manage remote workers to maximise productivity and stop them skiving) and comms firms (give remote workers the bandwidth they need) all talked about this futuristic approach to having a flexible workforce.
Back then it seemed as though this utopian world, where people have the flexibility and freedom to work from almost anywhere, was a bit of a pipe dream but here we are with attitudes changed and technology advanced to the extent that we work from home without giving it a second thought. It is interesting that with the advancement of technology the attitude of employers has completely changed and we’ve moved beyond the draconian ‘clocking on, clocking off’ mentality of old.