What does working life look like post-lockdown?

By Alice Wilkinson At the end of March last year, I started maternity leave. So, whilst I was learning how to look after my new baby, everyone else was learning to navigate working life in a global pandemic. In the year that has elapsed, my colleagues have mastered Zoom etiquette, set up home offices, had…

What next for remote working in the UK?

By Jake Pryszlak Covid-19 has given UK workers a taste of the work-from-home lifestyle and culture, and research conducted by SEC Newgate shows that many are reluctant to give it up once restrictions are eased. According to official statistics, before Covid-19, 68% of employees in the UK never worked from home. However, once the restrictions…

Will we ever go back to wearing suits?

By Gareth Jones Last week one of my colleagues did something shocking, almost subversive on one of our regular team calls – he wore a suit and tie. After 12 months of working from home – appearing on screen with full formal work attire seemed strikingly odd and even a challenge to our accepted norms….

Home is where the spending is

By Charlotte Coulson November marks the start of the (no doubt) eagerly anticipated ‘scented candle month’. While ordinarily this may have passed you by, scented candles sales have caught fire with them fast becoming a lockdown necessity. The UK candle market was already worth an estimated £1.9bn annually, but lockdown seems to have added further…

Will lockdown herald a collapse in creativity or something worse?

By Adam Lloyd “I do not miss the commute but I feel acutely the loss of working relationships and external stimuli – the chance conversations, listening to very different people with very different lived experiences, the exposure to new ideas and experiences.” In his recent speech, Andy Haldane the BOE’s Chief Economist pointed out that…

It’s office life – but not as we know it

By Sally Walton, Partner Homeworking has become a way of life for nearly half of office workers over the past five months. Many have successfully proved that, at least for this length of time, home working can be efficient and effective.  Staff have been recognised for continuing to deliver in their role without any marked…

Home working isn’t the ‘great leisure revolution’

By Andrew Adie, Managing Partner At school my science teacher, Mr Parkinson, span us a great yarn. Technology would allow us to work less and the challenge I would face as a middle-aged adult would be how to fill the vast amount of spare time that I had for leisure. The lesson has burned brightly…

We’re all going on a summer holiday

By Andrew Adie, Managing Partner Summer 2020, it’s all a bit weird isn’t it? The sun’s shining but many people are still sheltering indoors, tentatively breaking cover to go to the shops. Schools are up for summer but without the end of term farewells, and no summer clubs to occupy bored minds (and keep parents…

Death of the mocha man and latte lady

By Ian Silvera, Account Director You’d probably get one paperback for the price of two takeout coffees these days.  Sure, you may vastly improve your knowledge base, making you that much smarker at work and at home, but how would you find the energy to get through the pages, how uncool would you look without…

Rediscovering the joy of having a routine

By Alina Haritonova, Consultant I’ve always enjoyed being busy. I got my first part-time job when I started A-levels at 17, and by the time I got to university, I started teaching and doing freelance translations ‘in my spare time’. I’ve always taken an immense sense of satisfaction out of fitting things in and juggling…