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Increasingly, and particularly as a result of the Covid pandemic, people are needing to work remotely/from home. This is likely to be the ‘new norm’ so we have drawn together some points to consider to support you with this new way of working.
There are obvious pros and cons which immediately spring to mind. Do explore this with your manager/colleagues and come up with your own list. Your health condition may generate issues that don't apply to anyone else and haven't been considered. Ideally these should be addressed from the outset and allowances and adjustments made accordingly. The Equality Act (2010) still applies when you work remotely.
A good office is designed to help us work efficiently – to allow both collaboration and solitary focus. It should provide the ideal environment in terms of lighting, temperature, comfort. Most of us can give examples where this is not the case – but an office is designed for working, whereas your home usually isn't.
Video calls are now a common technology to replace face to face meetings – both group and individual. Video calls are usually scheduled and don’t tend to be utilised for more informal communication. A physical office or other base allows us to build relationships and create genuine networks of support. These interactions, however brief, do have an impact on how we feel and how we function.