It is safe to say that the way businesses and organisations work has changed drastically in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Future Melting Pot is just one of the thousands of businesses to move online in the last two years. This has enabled us to employ and develop over 60 young people, giving them industry experience and the training they need to progress in their careers. Let’s explore more closely why more and more businesses are choosing to move online and how it benefits both employers and employees. 

Perhaps one of the most obvious benefits of businesses moving online is lower overhead expenses. Two of the most costly of these overhead expenses are office rent and general office costs such as bills and utilities. In fact, according to instantoffices.com, the average office costs £245 per person every month in Birmingham. Without these costs, businesses have the potential to increase staff wages and employ more staff members – a win for both employers and employees. 

Another benefit of businesses moving online is the ability to reach a wider number of people on a national or even international scale. TFMP’s #iwasalex campaign, which highlights some of the barriers young people face when accessing the workforce, has reached a larger audience through online collaboration with other businesses. With the help of these businesses ‘sharing’ the campaign on their own social media platforms and websites, the first two campaign videos gained over 4,000 views between them on Instagram and TikTok. 

Another way in which businesses moving online is beneficial is that it reduces some of the hassles of office work. Firstly, staff don’t have the added stress of getting to and from the office. This means they have more free time before and after work, which leads to greater productivity when working. Additionally, staff are less likely to catch COVID when working from home as they’re not commuting on busy trains or buses, nor mixing with other staff in the office. This means they have less time off work, saving businesses both time and money. Lockdowns are also not an issue. TFMP were rendered homeless in March 2020, after COVID meant they had to leave their home at West Midlands Fire Service. Now, their operations would be barely impacted by another lockdown. 

To conclude, the digitalisation of businesses and the move to working from home has proved to be mutually beneficial for both employers and employees. There are many benefits of the digitalisation of businesses, including lower expenses, access to a larger audience and minimising the hassle of office work. It is likely we will see a trend of more and more businesses going fully digital in the coming years and a changing landscape of how we work.

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