I see in todays paper that the government is suggesting working from home to reduce the impact of the Cronavirus.
I have long been an advocate of working from home. I cant understand why the government doesnt give incentives to firms to enable more staff to do so.
Think of the savings in travel costs, time, environment as there wont be so many cars/buses on the road, possible reduction in car accidents, ... I could go on.
I have people working for me who are based at home, clients whom I never see (apart from on skype).
It needs planning (and trust) but it can work.
We now have the cloud, emails, texts, skype and can make contact every minute via such technology.
Obviously for some businesses it would be a no no (not least HMRC) but accountants? Do staff have to work 9 to 5 at the same desk month after month? Or are they forced to do so just so their manager can keep an eye on what they are doing? If you want to see what staff are doing there is software that notifies when someone is logged on. Granted it would be difficult with the more junior staff as they need a holding hand but experienced staff?
So if your firm has staff based in an office will your firm be taking up Boris' suggestion and if so how will you impliment?
Serious comments please so Accweb can pull together into an article.
>>> PS>>> name of virus corrected