While working from home may have been forced upon most businesses, there’s no denying one of the consequences is that giving employees the flexibility of continuing to work from home is a significant drawcard.
The benefits for each business and each individual are varied. For myself, I’ve discovered that working from home has brought more focus to my day. I now begin and end with clarity. Rather than being stuck in the gridlock of traffic, now every minute of my working day has purpose.
That sense of purpose is not only better for me; it’s had flow-on benefits for my staff and my clients. The phrase “work-life balance” is used a great deal these days, but there’s no one definition of what it is. We all need to determine what that balance is for ourselves.
That’s how we’ve been working at BlueSky. As long as our client’s requirements are met, emails are replied to, and the team is kept happy, our people can easily balance their work and home life. This is because our culture is fundamentally based on trust. I believe when you trust each other, you’re empowered to do your best work.
Will working from home continue? Will we ever go back to the way things were? These are common questions my professional clients have been asking, but my advice is not to look back but to look forward. As with the evolution of all business, we need to ask, what have we learned? And how can we use those lessons to improve?
In many ways, we’re a stronger team now than we were at this time last year. None of us can predict the future of work, but for now, mostly working from home is working for us.