The Covid pandemic and various lockdowns have precipitated an economic downturn from which it will take some time for businesses to recover.
However, it is a perfect opportunity for businesses to incorporate more energy efficient ways of doing things.
This may well also save them both time and money.
It is already clear that many businesses have realised they can function perfectly well with most of their staff working from home. This has been predicted to continue and will result in savings on overheads such as office rent, energy bills and at the same time a reduced carbon footprint as fewer people need to commute to work each day.
Of course, they will need to invest more in IT to ensure their remote-working staff are able to operate in a secure IT environment, perhaps with access to an intranet and with clear training, guidance and protocols on confidentiality, levels of authority to access to different parts of the business and so on.
It may also be that the new “normal” will see an upsurge in the use of AI for routine processes that do not need to be carried out by humans, and a level of investment in training to ensure that people are competent to manage any new AI installed.