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Home Offices – Remote & Home Working is Here to Stay! An Infographic from Corcoran’s

The figures are undeniable. There is a definite shift among Irish workers (and the wider EU and UK) to move away from a central corporate office to offices in devolved remote working and home working locations. This view was endorsed by the “Remote Working in Ireland, 2022 National Survey Findings” published by the Whittaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change in May 2022.

The three types of worker roles

Broadly speaking there are three types of primary office working roles. These are:

  • Centralised office role – working full-time from a centralised office along with co-workers
  • Hybrid – working somewhere between one and four days per week at home or in another remote location
  • Fully remotely – working full time from home or in another remote location

Changes in working habits

The predominant shift in recent times has been from the centralised office role (only 8%) to either the hybrid role (52%) or the fully remote role (40%), with statistics taken from the Irish survey. This shift has moved faster in pace since the COVID-19 pandemic with employers enabling workers to work from home, particularly during lockdowns.

IT infrastructure has been an essential enabler

Of course, enabling homeworking meant placing an IT infrastructure in place, which is still being used post-pandemic. In fact, IT was for a long time one of the barriers to remote working and home working. Advances in broadband, IT hardware, and IT software including communication tools such as Zoom, make it clear that remote and home working is here to stay!

Remote working and home working infographic

We have created an infographic discussing advances in remote and home working, which has the following sections:

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The sections above will give you a flavour of what the infographic contains, but below you will see the whole infographic.

See the infographic!

WHAT IS REMOTE WORKING?

Remote working is the enablement of employees to do their work from a location remote to the offices of the employer. This could include remote working from:

employees home

1. Employees home

employee shared space

2. Employee shared space

home of a co worker and

3. Home of a co-worker and

anywhere with an internet connection

4. Anywhere with an internet connection!

A NEW EMPHASIS ON REMOTE WORKING

Why has there been a move towards remote working?

growing trend over 20 years
covid 19 escalation
lower costs for both businesses and employees
positive green and environmental impact due
demanded by the modern workforce
increased access to skilled staff
internet availability and it infrastructure
working at desk
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HOME WORKING BENEFITS FOR BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYERS

Here are some benefits of home working for businesses:

business continuity

Business continuity

cover multiple time zones

Cover multiple time zones

fewer meetings

Fewer meetings

higher productivity

Higher productivity

improved environmental footprint

Improved Environmental footprint

no relocation costs

No relocation costs

insurance

Insurance

rates

Rates

rent buying properties

Rent/Buying properties

utility costs

Utility costs

other savings too

Other savings too!

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reduced staff turnover
timeliness employees
wider workforce pool

HOME WORKING CHALLENGES FOR EMPLOYEES

1. Communication difficulties
2. Isolation
3. Possibly longer working hours
4. Work merges with personal life

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HOME WORKING CHALLENGES FOR BUSINESSES

1. Hovering supervisors
2. Providing emotional support
3. Remote ICT systems implementation
4. Inconsistent internet availability
5. Resolving technical challenges

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