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2020... It's not me, it's you.

By Alice Swatton

It's only halfway through March and I am already exhausted from the year. So far we've had Brexit, Storm Brendan, Ciara, Dennis and Jorge, Australian Bush Fires, celebrity deaths, and now Coronavirus. It's carnage! I'm queuing for 2 hours just to get into Tesco to wander around looking at empty shelves that once stocked toilet roll. There's even been mass cancellation of some of my favourite yearly events (although cancelling the Premier League has definitely done me and my fellow Spurs fans out there a favour!) 

With all the negativity flying around it's hard to see any light at the end of this very dark tunnel, but I do believe it's there. I already hear you laughing, but hear me out. 

I truly believe COVID-19 is going to change the modern ways of working for the better in the long run, and with something many of you have been campaigning for for years. Most of my clients and candidates are all working from home due to office closures to restrict the risk of infection, and good on them. Am I still able to pick up the phone and book in interviews? Yes. Is it actually easier to get hold of my candidates? Yes. The business world is still functioning and dare I say it people are finding more time to get recruitment done. 

With two-week isolations in place and no doubt more weeks ahead, I'd wager that companies will see the benefit. Less money spent on running the office, employees more committed and happier with a true work-life balance and no more meetings for the sake of meetings. 

Now I'm not saying all offices will close for good and you'll be working at home 5 days a week... if anything I think that would drive me insane. My colleagues aren't THAT bad 😉, but 2-3 days at home with regular team meetings in the week is something we could all benefit from.

What are your thoughts? Do you think a wave of change is ahead? I'd love to know.

Tech giants Google, Amazon and Twitter are among the growing number of firms asking staff to work from home. The strategy is part of social distancing efforts as businesses try to slow the spread of the virus. Headhunters also say it's now easier to contact candidates as they're not in stuck in meetings or travelling.

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