Is Remote Work Facing A Backlash, Or Winning The Argument?

The potential benefits of remote working came to the fore during the pandemic. But the question of whether to revert to old ways of office-based employment, embrace remote working fully or go for a hybrid model has been a hot debate ever since.

What soon became clear, however, was that the clarion call of ‘back to the office’ made by business leaders and politicians alike was not particularly well received. The genie was out of the bottle as people who had become used to remote working found they enjoyed its flexibility and convenience, as well as the lack of a morning commute or office politics.

Consequently, both in the UK and across the rest of the developed world, many companies concluded that they should offer remote or hybrid working as part of the deal; when recruiting new staff, this is often part of the package.

All that might make your firm conclude that you need specialist help to provide remote IT services. However, after recent developments, some might be left wondering if this is really the case as certain companies appear willing to challenge the new consensus once again.

If ‘back to the office’ was supposed to have been a crusade that swiftly crashed and burned, it appears some major organisations either haven’t read the memo or are stubbornly wedded to the old ideas, perhaps driven by worse-than-expected data on productivity.

Companies doing this include Deutsche Bank – which had previously talked up the productivity benefits of remote working – and Dell.

Reporting on the latter, The Register highlighted the fact that these are not exceptions. It quoted a survey by recruitment agency Randstad UK showing 60 per cent of 2,000 workers surveyed agreed with the statement: “In the past few months, my employer has become stricter about making sure staff come into the office.”

This may raise some pertinent questions. Does it mean that the age of remote working will be short-lived, an experiment in employment styles that is now coming to an end? If so, should you really be investing in more and better remote working capability?

The Register article would suggest not. It pointed to survey data showing that 54 per cent of workers considered the right to work from home to be “non-negotiable” and 55 per cent would resign if forced into the office. That suggests employers may lose talented staff to rivals that offer more flexible working.

Moreover, these figures were higher for younger workers, meaning firms wanting to recruit from Generation Z will be at a disadvantage when trying to capture the best young talent. By contrast, companies that accommodate their hybrid or remote-working ambitions will automatically have a wider talent pool to choose from.

Therefore, it appears that few firms will get away with insistence on office work for long – and those that do may only be very large firms where the size of salary offers enough bait in recruitment. For most companies, the need to provide flexibility and work-life balance will be essential, with remote working being a crucial part of that.

Remote IT services Essex - work in home

Let’s have a chat

Whether you want a complete shake-up of your current IT services or an answer to simple question, SYS3 are always happy to help. Contact us today for a free, no obligation chat about your requirements.

  • Simplify your IT
  • Reduce your spending
  • Increase reliability
  • Enjoy no-contract, unrivalled support across Essex and Suffolk

We know moving IT services can be a daunting task but we promise it’s much easier than you think. When you’re ready to talk, we’re here, happy to help

0345 313 1919

Get in touch

    Our Other Services

    Backing up is VITAL!

    Backing up should be everyones top priority. All too often we see businesses decide to start backing up the wrong side of a costly hard drive disaster or data breach.

    With viruses and malware now capable of causing so much, often irreversible, damage, a substantial backup is imperative. If you’re infected with ransomware, a recent backup often the only way to get you back up and running.

    Why offsite backup and not a removable hard drive?

    Preferably both! But never just a hard drive. Why? Hard drives can fail. It’s as simple as that. Ransomware infections can also creep onto hard drives if they’re left plugged into an infected machine. 

    ​SYS3 use the most reliable and intelligent backup solutions on the market to ensure that our customers’ data is kept secure.

    Why buy your hardware from SYS3?

    Years ago, SYS3 started out by building and supplying custom computer hardware. We know our stuff.

    We keep up with the latest in technology so we are able to provide our customers with the best possible equipment without breaking the bank. Whether you need a new server, laptop, printer or network switch, we’ll always provide you with a variety of options and recommendations to suit your business needs.

    The more advanced technology becomes, the more advanced the bad guys become. Gone are the days when attackers were easy to spot in a badly worded email.

    ​Did you know you can get an infection just by hovering your mouse over a dodgy website banner? Worse? Traditional antivirus products cannot protect you against everything.

    ​Human error is still largely responsible for infections and viruses but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the best protection possible to safeguard your employees and ultimately, your business.

    ​Partnered with Heimdal, SYS3 provide market-leading protection that is proactive, not reactive like traditional antivirus.


    Spam email makes up 70% of ALL email traffic across the world and social engineering means scammers can directly target key employees. Is your job title on social media?

    Over 60% of breaches are caused by human error. Are you confident that your staff are fully trained to spot email-borne threats and avoid falling victim?

    How SYS3 can help

    Just one click has the potential to grind your entire business to a halt and generate a costly bill to put right. What makes things worse is that email viruses are now incredibly clever, highly convincing, and can be very difficult to spot.

    ​Our priority is to make sure our customers are supported and protected as much as possible. 99% of our customers have adopted our mail filtering service and it comes highly recommended. It’s the first line of defence and a vital tool.


    Proud To Be Working With