27 Sep 2022
The pandemic taught us many things, but some of them are already slipping away.
The Covid-19 pandemic is now beginning to fade from the collective consciousness, despite the best efforts of the Omicron variants to snare those who had previously avoided the virus. It is understandable that we do not want to linger on that dark period of lockdowns, social isolation and, until the vaccines arrived, considerable fear. However, by upturning our lives, the pandemic provided many lessons: some already have had a clear impact, while others have been forgotten.
In the first camp is the realisation that technology has made the traditional commute to the office for five days a week unnecessary for many workers. A recent survey revealed that the average time spent in the office is now 1.5 days a week. With desks left empty nearly two thirds of the time, there are profound implications for not only the office property market, but also for the retailers who relied on the footfall of office workers.
In the slipped away category, three lessons stand out:
While it’s understandable that we all want to put the last couple of difficult years behind us, some issues, and fault-lines, are worth remembering and factoring into your resilience planning.
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