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Madeline Bennett

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It's been an eventful, thought-provoking and interactive week of debate. All your votes have been counted and the winner is Emma McGuigan at Accenture, meaning the motion 'The office is dead. Remote working is the future' is carried.

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Closing Statement

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Emma McGuigan

Managing Director, Technology at Accenture

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We welcome the debate that the topic of remote versus office working has generated. Technology has brought about huge changes to the way we work, the workforce has become increasingly diverse and employee expectations have evolved.

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Karen Chisman

Head of Corporate Services at SAS UK

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It was interesting to read Emma’s comment that, despite the prevalence of remote working, Accenture’s offices are ”busy and vibrant places”. Much of what Emma describes is exactly what we at SAS aim to achieve.

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Madeline Bennett

The INQUIRER Editor

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We're reaching the end point of what has been a lively, well-argued and interactive debate, and reading through all of your comments it's clear that many of us workers want and expect the best of both worlds.

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Guest Phase

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Stuart Dommett

Business IT Evangelist and UK & Ireland Business Marketing Manager, Intel Sales & Marketing Group

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There will always be a debate on the future of the office: Do you need to be in the office to be productive? How do I trust people to be working when they are not in the office? Mobile is expensive!

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Opening Statements

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Emma McGuigan

Managing Director, Technology at Accenture

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Flexible working is deeply rooted within Accenture’s culture - and that includes remote working.

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Opposer Karen-chisman-sas-uk-80x80

Karen Chisman

Head of Corporate Services at SAS UK

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Much has been written in relation to the future of work and specifically, flexible working, with the phrase ‘demise of the office’ becoming more prevalent in the media. However, we at SAS would suggest significant and positive change, or evolution, as opposed to ‘demise’!

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Madeline Bennett

The INQUIRER Editor

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Going to the office or working remotely? Many organisations are considering this question as technology advances and mobile uptake has opened up new ways of working.

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About this debate

Remote working or offices? This is the question many firms are considering as their staff expect to work more flexibly and mobile devices proliferate the workplace.

And as firms face a growing number of staff working outside of the office, the next logical question is whether it’s worth maintaining a physical office space at all, or whether it’s better to downsize and ask employees to work remotely.

The INQUIRER is this week hosting a debate on: The office is dead. Remote working is the future. Make sure you visit the website regularly through the week to share your views on this topic.