How COVID-19 working-from-home has altered attitudes towards commuting

Here, Alison White from PLACEmaking explores how the COVID-19 working from home trend has changed attitudes away from commuting into cities towards staying local

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a shift in traditional ways of working and many began working from home as the world went into lockdown. However, even since the return to a new normal, companies have continued to operate remotely or adopt a hybrid approach.

As a result of this, it is estimated that by the end of 2021, 300,000 people will have left London to set up life in smaller non-urban locations in search of more flexible and affordable lifestyles, leaving the commuter life behind.

This could present a significant opportunity for much needed local development and investment such as co-working spaces, but this is not to say it won’t come with a whole new set of challenges as they welcome new residents.

Alison White comments: “In reality, the return to daily time-consuming commuting was unsustainable. The COVID-19  experience magnified the issues that were increasingly obviously and for some intolerable.

“We do need to ensure our new workstyles and work patterns are not exclusive and we do need to ensure we can tailor our solutions to meet a diverse range of desires and needs.

“One size never did fit all pre-COVID-19. We must make sure in our desire to embrace change we don’t swap out one rigid solution with a new one – however shiny and new.”

So, what will happen to the offices in our cities and towns? Find out here.

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