Always out of office

Changing attitude on the role of the office

In the past, one of the most self-explanatory and welcome acronyms you could come across was ‘OOO.’ ‘Out of office’ – a simple message on your email account to let co-workers and contacts know that you’d be away from your desk for a set time. 

Technology as an enabler

And then Covid-19 changed the world. (but to be honest, the change was already happening before the pandemic).

Because of advances in communication technology and internet access, teleworking has become standard practice all around the world.

The technology we use today has enabled us to be always out of the office.

In 2019 before the pandemic, 9% of people working in Europe reported that they were working from home sometimes. During Covid-19, that figure rose to 40%. 

A boom in people working from home pretty much happened overnight. And there is no current indication that it is going down to the same levels again. Dingel & Neiman predict up to 30% of all jobs in Europe will be changed to remote work in the future.

This type of work is not although done entirely from home: today ‘Out of office’ doesn’t always relate to working from home. It could mean that your employees turn to coffee shops, co-working spaces, or traveling while maintaining their day to day duties. This trend results in new challenges related to facility risk management to employee safety.

Remote work is here to stay

As the modern workforce is increasingly mobile, collaborative, and dynamic, and comprises multi-generations, all with different communication preferences. These workers span multiple industries, all who represent unique challenges when it comes to staying safe and connected. These new possibilities and challenges will demand a new set of skills to ensure your employee’s safety and duty of care. Having access to critical security information, be able to communicate and locate your employee whenever they require assistance.

The key is that remote work is here to stay. It is not a passing trend. In Gartner’s latest survey, it revealed that 82% of company leaders plan to allow employees to work some of the time remotely, and 47% of those reported that they intend to allow to work remotely full time going forward. Some of the largest tech companies, Facebook, Twitter, and Slack – have already confirmed that this is the new normal. 

This shift from office work to always out of office will push on and is becoming the new normal.

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