I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to improve their climate literacy so as to understand the projected impacts from the expanding climate crisis and how to adapt their workplaces in the face of these impacts.

This pandemic and the unfolding economic fallout has cast a very bright spotlight on everyone’s business continuity plans and resilience.

Those businesses that will survive this turmoil are going to be the ones that are able to pivot or the ones that embrace new ways of working. Everyone has been given a taste of remote work. Although first timers have very likely experienced chaos and productivity loss as a result of being unprepared, you must understand there are businesses that work this way all the time. Their offices are in the cloud. They don’t commute to work, they login to work from anywhere.

There are enormous benefits to being able to work from anywhere. Think business continuity. Think savings in office rentals. Think productivity. Think borderless talent acquisition and retention. Think happier staff. Think massively reduced carbon emissions. The list goes on.

Now is the time to seize the opportunity to design a workplace that allows you to be 100% location independent, giving you enormous flexibility and making you more resilient to future shocks of this nature.

Going back to how things were is to miss a big opportunity to make your business future ready.