Boris Johnson has sparked new controversy over when employees should return to their workplaces by suggesting people have had enough “days off” at home during the pandemic, and should try to go back to their offices.
The prime minister’s comments – which followed remarks from the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, urging companies to reopen offices when the pandemic eases or risk losing staff – caused alarm among scientists, and were branded by Labour as “irresponsible” and “glaringly inconsistent” with the government’s own route out of lockdown.
They also came as some of the country’s leading recruitment organisations told the Observer that revolutionary changes were inevitable in the world of work after the pandemic, with far more people wanting to work remotely and companies rethinking how to deploy staff most effectively. Experts also predicted a switch to “hybrid working” on a mass scale, meaning the old five-day week model of office work being replaced with more flexible arrangements, such as three days at home and two in the office. Read more…..
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