How employees can return to the office "Crypto Style"
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The great Spanish Flu in 2018 may have killed many more people – some 50 million and may not even have been Spanish at all – but that was before we lived in a world of the internet, citizen-curated news and fast-track vaccines.
Now, as the world is starting to reopen in many parts, vaccine uptake is increasing, and people are addressing the way they live in earnest.

Aside from people who must be in a location for their job such as nurses or publicans, the new debate is what to do with the millions of people who deserted their offices to work remotely. Working remotely is not always easy, there is the issue of proper home offices, adequate space, essential technology, and others sharing the home/remote working space.

Speaking to Ranjit Dhindsa, Head of employment at law firm Fieldfisher, she commented:

"While working remotely does have numerous positives, it has brought up a host of employment and privacy law issues as well as general business management concerns that have put added pressure on businesses as they adapt to change while taking care of their employees wellbeing."

Aside from these practicalities there is also the missing value in bonding with fellow workers or brainstorming personally and even the confidence that going to office can bring.

If those are the downsides, then there are also benefits from working remotely, top of which include a better work balance (if they can stop working), long-term better access to affordable housing (away from expensive city hubs) and no commute.

This last point has been particularly felt in the lockdown as people realise the time spent commuting is actually an unpaid part of their day – and if calculated into an hourly income could actually quite severely downgrade their pay scale.

Outspoken business and CEO Dan Price has commented on this unpaid work during lockdown. He points out the average worker logs an hour of unpaid work each day.

"I'm talking about the commute, which for decades has been taken for granted as a necessary part of the workday but which recently has been proven to be completely unnecessary for a large swath of workers," he said recently, pointing to a whopping lost of $4,800 for the median worker. He has opted to…
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