Exeter, Ontario. –

The London Committee on Strategic Priorities and Policies is discussing a recommendation to make possible changes to the city’s plan for working from home.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work or home offices have been introduced as a temporary measure for city employees wherever possible.

The Alternative Work Strategies (AWS) master plan discussed contains results from an employee survey in which, according to the report, respondents indicated an overwhelmingly positive experience working from home during the pandemic and a desire for a permanent long-term strategy.

The survey found that 73 percent of the employees surveyed work from home, 17 percent partially work from home and 10 percent do not work from home.

(Source: City of London Master Accommodations Plan Update for Alternative Work Strategies)Of those surveyed, 52 percent said they could work from home every day and still work productively in the future, and 19 percent said they could stay home three days a week.

The AWS master plan indicates that implementing an alternative work strategy is complex and would require several elements to be considered.

These include, but are not limited to:

Developing protocols to support individual employees in need of housing

Further development of the IT strategy to enable technology integration (e.g. remote technologies)

The development of processes and procedures to further support alternative work strategies

(Source: City of London Master Accommodations Plan Update for Alternative Work Strategies)By adopting alternative work strategies, the City of London is in a better position to respond to future pandemics and outbreaks.

According to the report, reductions in capital and operating costs could also be achieved, as could the elimination of costs for rented office space.

With the introduction of AWS, some of the potential cost savings would be offset by additional investments required to support new policies, procedures, and additional technology improvements that may be required for a long-term implementation.