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Working from home: The systemic risks we may be facing

Having looked at the costs and benefits of homeworking from the perspectives of employees and employers, Christopher Lake and Adam Gold broaden the discussion to consider the externalities of homeworking – its costs and benefits to wider society.  They argue that while the pandemic opens up the possibility of social and economic renewal, it also contains the seeds of systemic damage – damage that has innocent and small-scale beginnings in calculations on the part of individual employees and employers that the benefits of homeworking outweigh the costs for them.  Christopher and Adam claim that policy-makers, charged with the task of charting our collective future and the wellbeing of the overall system, do not have the luxury of leaving the market to take its course in the hope everything will turn out fine in the end. 

Why employers need to think carefully about homeworking

Whether in terms of cost savings, employee satisfaction, or access to new streams of employees, homeworking appears to be good news for employers.  Christopher Lake and Adam Gold caution employers against getting carried away: homeworking poses a challenge to the social fabric of the firm and its ability to innovate and survive, and shines a light on its responsibility to keep people and knowledge safe.    

Six reasons why working from home is not all it is cracked up to be

The large-scale move to homeworking is certain to be one legacy of the Covid-19 pandemic: the debate is no longer about whether it will happen but to what extent. In this, the first of three articles, Christopher Lake and Adam Gold look at the claim that working from home is liberating for you as an employee, allowing you to build your work around your life rather than your life around your work.