“The easiest place to hide is in the office” - prepare yourselves for a future of remote working

Businesses are reacting in different ways to the prospect of a more remote and flexible working culture. Are they adapting effectively? And how does agility impact productivity both in and out of the workplace?

“Remote working has had a bad press,” said People Management’s editor, Robert Jeffery, as he opened a panel session timed to coincide with the CIPD Annual Conference in Manchester. “In the popular imagination it’s associated with skiving, lounging around at home.” 

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s former CEO, banned it a number of years ago, and the remote and flexible working culture that underpins how many work has still continued to receive regular criticism. But at the same time, as Jeffery put it: “There has been a renaissance in the concept of being agile”.