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UK businesses were the most prepared for lockdown

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From a technology perspective, UK businesses were the most prepared for the lockdown (opens in new tab)and the sudden transformation into remote working. 

This is according to a new report from Xerox, which polled 600 IT decision makers and senior C-level professionals, finding that just four percent of businesses in the UK saw the transition into remote working as difficult.

The UK has also had the highest percentage of respondents saying they would explore changing their approach to working in the office, post-pandemic.

Despite all the positive signs that we’re moving into a fully digital, decentralized working environment, this does not necessarily mean the death of the work place. In fact, businesses are more inclined towards a hybrid model, where employees would spend a limited amount of time in the office.

For almost four in ten (37 per cent) of the respondents, in-person communication is crucial for personal development and accessing talent.

“While there is no doubt the Covid-19 pandemic (opens in new tab) has changed the way we work, our research found that over time many companies plan to have most employees back in an office environment. This could be for a variety of reasons, including communication, speed of decision-making and talent development,” said Steve Bandrowczak, Xerox president and chief operations officer.

“At the same time, the sudden shutdown and ongoing hybrid work environment has exposed technology gaps that require new or additional investment in the coming months.”

The report suggests that the majority of UK’s workforce (more than 80 percent) will return to the office in a year.

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.