The future of work is hybrid

10. 07. 2021 Saturday / By: Robert Denes / Generic / Exact time: BST / Print this page

P erhaps that sounds counterintuitive. But strip back most inventions and, in essence, what they do is give us back the gift of time – whether it is tractors making it faster to plant crops, airplanes making it faster to travel long distances, or mobile banking apps meaning you don’t have to wait in line to see your bank manager.

Time is the most precious resource we have as human beings. Technology enabled people to work remotely during a pandemic. And remote working gave people the time to have breakfast with their families, go for an energizing run between energy-sapping meetings, and be there to collect their children from school.

As many companies plan their return (or not) to the office, we need to remember that remote working is not just about harnessing productivity gains or efficiency savings, as important as they are, but also about giving employees the gift of time and the freedom to choose how and when they work.

Over the course of the pandemic, we have worked together with our customers to help enable a mass global shift to remote working. After seeing a huge growth in network traffic during the first lockdowns, driven by videoconferencing and streaming, levels have now stabilized at around 60 percent above pre-pandemic levels.


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