It’s been on the cards for some time, but since 21 April it has become clear that the pre-COVID-19 era won’t be back any time soon. Getting the economy back on track and avoiding another crisis is going to have to happen within the ‘1.5 metre economy’.
During the peak of the crisis, in March and early April, daily transport in the Netherlands decreased by up to 90%. However, now that the peak seems to have passed and we are gradually travelling more, we are still not expecting a quick return to the pre-crisis situation. Expectations of how long it will take before traffic and transport are back to pre-2020 levels range from one to five years. The capacity of public transport will decrease as social distancing on trains and buses reduces the number of passengers per trip.
At the same time, we are experiencing a mass introduction to the benefits of working from home. Employers have quickly upgraded their work-from-home technology. As a result, many people are experiencing the benefits of working from home and that productivity does not have to suffer as a result. 27% of current home workers expect to continue doing it (KIM, 2020). We can therefore expect to be working from home for part of the working week - and that this will become a permanent part of our working life.
All this has an effect on business mobility for companies large and small, from one-man businesses to multinationals. We have looked at four situations from the perspective of a financial director. There are of course other perspectives, such as greening, but at the moment we are at the beginning of an economic crisis – with costs as the first priority for many companies.
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