The working from home revolution

Promoting Economic Resilience:

“New mixed development should… consider the values of homeworking to the economic vibrancy of the Sid Valley.”

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Sidmouth’s economy is made up of the following, which are all under considerable strain in the current circumstances:

These are either still struggling to operate or have had to close down completely.

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Somewhere in the middle are those businesses which can still operate from a home office – which might have longer-term effects:

A permanent shift towards home working…

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And it’s a feature of the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan, made late last year:

 

Economic Resilience: “new mixed development should… consider the values of homeworking to the economic vibrancy of the Sid Valley, support placeswhere networking can be encouraged, particularly for semi-retired, voluntaryand professional people who work from home”

“Proposals for house extensions and/or conversions of existing domestic buildings to allow for home-working will be supported…” (Policy 17)

https://eastdevon.gov.uk/media/3112215/svnp-referendum-version-july-5-2019.pdf

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Radio 4’s In Business looked at the new phenomenon:

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Working From Home

Since the Covid-19 lockdown began, millions of us have been toiling away trying to work from home for the first time: converting living rooms and bedrooms into makeshift office space, wrangling with technology, and juggling family life with working hours. How good are we at doing it? Caroline Bayley explores the upsides and challenges of “WFH”.

Working From Home | bbc.co.uk

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This really is revolutionary – as this selection of pieces from the media from the past 24 hours shows:

From boardroom to spare room: the working from home revolution | theguardian.com

A New Live/Work Development Fits The Coronavirus Work-From-Home Lifestyle | fortune.com

You’re Working From Home, but Your Company Is Still Watching You | wsj.com

COVID-19 will change the entire notion of offices: Companies eye rental savings after working from home | fortune.com

‘A sensible approach!’ Express.co.uk readers opt to work from home after lockdown lifted | express.co.uk

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Picture: Mothers Working From Home – Credit to https://www.lyncconf… | Flickr

   
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