December 08, 2021

After the lockdowns and government instructions that people should work at home if possible, there has been a protracted debate about the wisdom of returning to the office.

On the one hand, there have been those who argue it is still a safety risk and that people now want more flexible working. This week, employment Consultancy Timewise revealed research showing only 26 per cent of vacancies offer flexible or remote working, a situation it criticised as not meeting the aspirations of many workers.

The opposite view is supported by many firms and even senior government ministers such as Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, who have argued that being in the office generates better interaction and more opportunities for learning and progression.

Of course, if you are going to get people back in the office, commercial air purifiers may be an invaluable asset in cleaning the air to reduce Covid risks and increase confidence among employees.

Although there are many people who would like to work from home, this can create probems. A survey last year by Wandera found that in the first wave of lockdowns, there were widespread issues seen by bosses in many companies.

These included a loss of focus and productivity, overworking, a lack of team cohesion, reduced communication, problems with using IT applications such as VPN, Wi-Fi and video conferencing apps and security issues.  All these may provide very good reasons for wanting to get many staff back into the office.

Moreover, even if a company operates in a way that does provide some hybrid working, unless this becomes the sole modus operandi of a company there will still need to be an office. You don’t need every employee to be in the office on a particular day to benefit from air-cleansing technology to keep Covid and other viruses at bay.