Dylan believes a certain level of trust has prevented progress. “How long have people had a sniffle and forced themselves to go to work when they haven't been productive as opposed to being trusted working from home and contributing to that organisation?”
“That shift in our mindset to finding ways this can benefit all of us and our organisations is so important,” he says.
Gerard believes that shift has been accelerated. “Whether that's around those flexible work agreements or the sheer focus within corporates around the importance of wellbeing, the importance of awareness, the roles that leaders play, all of that is getting amplified.”
What is the “new normal”?
Working remotely through a global pandemic means adapting to a new environment, balancing the ever-changing demands of home and work life and managing an array of distractions. And while remote workforces present many opportunities, Georgia believes we're missing the energy of being together.
“We're lacking physical connection. And that's actually part of how we're wired as humans,” she says. “We're actually wired to be with each other.”
And although it appears this way of working and interacting is normal for now, Dom believes every day is the new normal. “I've been a futurist for years. And the thing I laugh about is people asking for predictions,” he says. “You get to create your own future every single day when you wake up.”
“I'm going to promise you you're not going to be able to predict it. So how about you just evolve a little bit every day? And that evolution will enable you to stay relevant. The most relevant businesses today - look at Netflix as an example - bears very little resemblance to the original version of itself. They've evolved every single day,” he says.