"Working from home." That phrase used to bring up a different set of associations than it does today. For many it sounded like indulgence - someone sitting in pyjamas all day with a laptop.

2020 has taught us that the technology that makes WFH possible is anything but a luxury, it’s a necessity. Yet despite the dramatic upheaval, some cling to the idea that WFH is somehow indulgent.I don’t agree. The pandemic has further blurred the lines between our personal and professional lives and brought a whole new set of challenges. For example, many parents — and especially working mothers in my observation — have scrambled to deal with issues such as vanishing childcare and remote schooling, while rushing to meet deadlines at work.

WFH is the new reality, but the mechanics of it still need adjusting.The recent changes made to support employees’ immediate needs will evolve.This ongoing conversation should build on the insights we’ve gained so we can continue to provide meaningful support to those who need it most. 

Those of us who are leaders can help by ensuring our teams can work happily, whether from the convenience — or chaos — of their own homes, or at a desk in the office. Let's continue to support each other.

#workfromhome #inthistogether #newways

about the author

Jacques van den Broek

ceo and chair of the executive board

Randstad's Global CEO, leading our mission of supporting people and organizations in realizing their true potential.