Thursday, 11 March 2021

Blue Zoo To Keep Remote Working Post-Covid

Tom Box (right) with animation students
In a recent interview at Cartoon Brew, Blue Zoo co-founder Tom Box explains why remote working is here to stay.  Since Covid-19 broke, around 700,000 people have left London, and this change is reflected at Blue Zoo animation, where many of their team have left the capital for good.  

According to Tom: "Blue Zoo is no longer really a London based company, even though we have (empty) offices there. Now, just 30% of our team live in London. Over last 10 months lots of staff relocated across the UK for a better work/life balance.  London has changed forever".

Blue Zoo Animation
Animation students visit Blue Zoo
Blue Zoo Animation is one of London's leading animation houses, based in Great Portland St.  But even before Covid-19 struck, the company was looking to expand its facilities elsewhere. 

This was largely because of complaints from staff of the high cost of living in the capital:  “When we did our staff surveys, most complaints were about the cost of living in London. We’d love to pay our staff more, but our budgets are set by our clients … So we looked at other ways to [address those complaints].” 

Remote Working - Here to Stay
Tom's interview is a fascinating insight into the future of our industry,
and an indication that many of the changes caused by Covid-19 could be more or less permanent.  Where Blue Zoo goes, many will follow. 

And if remote working works well, then why go back to the way things were?  Companies can save a great deal of money on expensive offices in high-cost cities, and pass those savings on to staff and customers. 

Working from Home
For our animation graduates, the lesson is clear. Get yourself a good workstation, make sure you have a decent broadband connection, and be prepared to work from home - from pretty much anywhere in the world.  You can see the full story at Cartoon Brew here

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