Has lockdown made you revaluate life? Things that are important to you – family time, flexible working and enjoying the outdoors? Will you leave some bad habits in the past – such as long hours, sitting in traffic and always putting work first?
Hot spots to move to
According to a new report from the property industry, almost 4 in 10 buyers are now considering moving out of the city and opting for countryside locations after lockdown. And waterside weekend destinations and bolt holes are now being considered for permanent homes.
Although we have the ‘road map’ towards a way out of lockdown, social distancing could be in place for the rest of the year at least. Even after this, it’s likely that people will still be wary of being around others. And with remote working now standard practice, hot desking and weekday commutes in rush hour traffic may be a thing of the past.
Buyers can now work from home more – and home can be anywhere they like! You’ll know what areas of the UK have always appealed to your way of living but at the moment we can’t rave enough about the quality of life in the South West of England.
Like the image above? That’s the idyllic Axmouth estuary in Devon, less than a two hour commute (rail or road) for visits to London and Bristol on the odd days where client or staff meetings are a necessity. The beaches of North Devon (like Croyde and Woolacombe) are even closer.
Are you a lover of hiking or biking? Then The Mendip Hills are stunning and just a stone’s throw away from buzzing Bristol. Exmoor National Park is equally majestic. The South West is a prime example of a location that offers the very best of home and work.
It’s time for change
US insurance company, Nationwide, employs more than 32,000 people and has recently announced the closure of most offices with 98% of the workforce based at home. Also, staff at Twitter are working remotely on a permanent basis. And Barclays and Mondelez bosses are considering the same.
So, does having a great work life balance mean you can’t have a rewarding and challenging career with progression? Absolutely not, especially within the accountancy industry.
We wrote an article about relocating, pre-lockdown. You might find the advice handy if a move is on the cards for you.
Perhaps the biggest challenge with remote working is the reduced time with managers. But it’s worth reminding yourself that the role and responsibility of a manager hasn’t changed. They should still be supporting your growth and your career. And if that’s not happening, perhaps it’s time to change firms as well as location?!
It’s all about communication. And there’s no excuse for that not happening. Even our grandmothers are Zooming now! We’re pleased to say that while the last few months in isolation has been forced and unsettling – to say the least, this has been a great test of technology. And to us as human beings. We want change. And we’re going to see it happen.
Make it happen
For accountants hoping to make a new life in commuting distance to the South West coastline we’re pleased to have multiple vacancies in the Bristol and Bath area including an exciting opportunity for a Medical Partner Designate in Bristol and a Senior Accountant in Bath.
If you’ve ever visited the stunning sand dunes of Norfolk why not consider relocating for a job in the picturesque Bury St Edmunds where we’re advertising for a tax manager?
“If you’re currently job searching, why not hover over the location field a little longer and imagine your life in a different part of the country?
There have been so many positives to come about from the COVID-19 pandemic, and for many of us, work life balance has taken a well-deserved priority.
Imagine a run on the beach before work, surfing at weekends and cycling to meetings. Life as an accountant can be tough. After this year, we think you deserve a better balance and to enjoy everything life has to offer.”
Garry Howling, Public Practice Recruitment Ltd
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