‘As the way we work changes forever, let’s not forget the value of office life’

Tony Gregg November 2020

When John Lewis Partnership chair Sharon White wrote in a recent letter to partners that “difficult decisions taken now will hopefully set the course for those next generations”, she was referring to the rebalancing of the business’ operations from store-based to digital channels. 

White, however, could just as easily have been describing the generational shift in working patterns that is about to take place following the pandemic: specifcially the move to more flexible, remote working.

For those employed in white-collar roles, this will inevitably mean more days spent working at home and fewer tirps to the office in future.

The discovery that remote working can be just as effective and productive as office-based work has come as a revelation to many of us who grew up in an analogue age.

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