A light kettle, another fumble in the fridge – for Boris Johnson it’s too tempting to work from home.
In a second call, the prime minister wants the country to return to office and give up remote work.
But is his argument to bring the British back to the office correct? And how do people who have become accustomed to “WFH” for two years feel?
Take the mill town of Burnley Lancashire. In fact it is the second best area in the UK for hiring at home, according to data released by Zoom earlier this week.
Since March 2020, the number of jobs that allow people to work remotely has increased by 391% in the region, and they have been employed.
Dave Walker manages marketing +24. He has developed a hybrid work plan for his employees and says moving most of his business to remote work meant he could attract employees from distant countries.
He therefore believes that the Prime Minister’s comments are not “promising”.
He told Sky News: “Really, it all comes down to culture, and if you have a strong and positive culture in the organization you work for, your team that works – wherever they are – will work hard and consistently, and they win “don’t go to the fridge to eat more cheese.”
Although many of its employees work from home, Dave believes the office still has value.
“We’re flexible and we have team days when everyone is in the office, I think it really helps creativity,” he said.
“The scenario of working from home was not a big problem for us as a business. In fact, we have seen many benefits. “
Boris Johnson believes employees are “more productive, more energetic, full of ideas” when in the workplace with colleagues, he said in an interview with the Daily Mail.
He said: “We need to get back into the habit of going into the office. There will be a lot of people who disagree with me, but I believe that people are more productive, more energetic, fuller of ideas when they are surrounded by other people.”
He also believes it will increase productivity as well as revitalize malls and city centers.
However, data show that this may not be the case, and working from home is already proving its worth.
Jack Kennedy, head of economics at Indeed’s job search site, told Sky News: “People now have more opportunities to stay local and work on a hybrid basis. It really helps stimulate the rejuvenation of some areas that were formerly suburban cities. during the day.
“I don’t think the office is dead by any means, but we believe that remote work is a trend that will remain.”
At 10 Downing Street, cheese and coffee can distract the prime minister when he works, but landscape designer Rachel Gildert, who has been forced to set up a home office because of the pandemic, says she is not “reaching for the fridge.” when it works.
She told Sky News: “I think I’m more productive when I work from home, I think my bosses think I’m more productive when I work from home. Less distracting.
“I don’t see the need to go back to the office, especially in terms of productivity and chores, and the ability to match the balance of home life, I prefer to be at home.”