Post covid working – back to the office?


Covid has shook the world in many ways, none more so than with a complete rethink of the way we work. While some jobs will always need people to be in a certain place at a certain time, for the millions of us who work in offices, things have changed. 

The rise of work from home culture has been accelerated massively by the need to social distance and move away from the pre-Covid norm of crowded rush-hour transport and coffee shops. Most assume that this change is here to stay, McKinsey for example estimates that, especially in advanced economies, the ‘new normal’ will mean a third of GDP generated by people working from home. 

This brings with it both opportunities and challenges for the businesses and individuals moving toward work from home or hybrid working models. But what about for those businesses and individuals who are returning to the office – will things be the same?

From analogue to digital workspaces

Here at Milkbox we are re-imagining what an office is in the 21st century. 

The pre-pandemic model of offices was based on the pre-digital world, where offices were home to the infrastructure and files that made work possible. 

Digital technology now means physical files and infrastructure have given way to digital alternatives that are quicker, more efficient and, crucially, can be used anywhere in the world. The 20th century model of workers clocking into the office at nine and clocking out again at five doesn’t make much sense anymore, it’s a legacy approach.

So, what should a post-pandemic office look like? At Milkbox we are trying something a bit different. Our office is a place where to work, socialise, sleep and even swim! All without firm expectations about when and where people should be, and our expectations instead focused on what we want people to achieve!

We find this makes for a productive, creative and engaged team. Beyond this however, this model also means, we retain some of the advantages of office life – the face to face interaction, the chance to socialise and the impromptu conversations, while losing some of the things which could sometimes make pre-pandemic office life a grind, such as mass commuting and restrictive office cultures that focus more on hours at your desk than outputs from your desk. 

Spreading the benefits

Even for those who, for reasons of business culture or proximity to office infrastructure, will be heading back to the office once the pandemic has passed, the cultural shift we are seeing in the world of work will still bring benefits. 

If you’re still commuting, the fact that there are generally less commuters has many upsides. Less commuters means less air pollution, less crowds, less competition for a seat on the bus or train and less transport generated carbon emissions.

This will make the morning commute, and the city, a less stressful and less polluted place to be for those who are resuming pre-pandemic patterns of work and commuting. 

A hybrid future

The pandemic has exposed the health vulnerabilities inherent in economies based on the mass movement of people in and out of city centers on a daily basis. The move toward more intelligent, technologically enabled ways of working will prove a good thing for everyone, giving more people the freedom to choose the life they want to.

At Milkbox we are the forefront of this revolution. We are developing a suite of apps that will make building a successful online business as easy as one, two, three! More and more people are taking advantage of the digital revolution to leave the confines of the office and build their own future. 

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