Will home working become the new norm post Covid-19?

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A Jersey employment lawyer has told ITV News he thinks it will be difficult for employers to refuse applications from their staff wishing to work from home beyond Covid-19.

For many people, working from home over the last few weeks has been a positive experience. Employers too have seen that this could form part of a new norm.

Legally, we can ask to work from home. Jersey's employment law states that employees can apply for a change in their working conditions, including their place of work.

The reasons for refusing such a request are fairly limited, and employers would have to show that working from home would either create additional cost or have a detrimental impact on their business.

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PwC have been using remote and flexible working for some time. Going into an enforced lockdown accelerated the development of their working model.

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If more people were to migrate their desks home more permanently, questions could arise around what would happen to our traditional office space.

Emily Musker of Waddington Interiors says this is an exciting time to think about the future of office design, but that we cannot ignore the social importance of offices and the fact that not everyone is set up for home working.

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When it comes to well-being, many argue that working not just from home but remotely full stop, is what is best for them. Sarah Carré is a change consultant who has worked remotely for years. She is thrilled others are finally catching on.

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