Companies where most of their staff worked from home during the pandemic are beginning to share plans for when coronavirus restrictions will end.
Almost all of the 50 largest employers in the UK say They have no plans to return staff to the office full-time.
But Goldman Sachs told British bankers that he needed to be ready to return to the office with his boss, David Solomon. Working from home is referred to as “abnormal.”
Citigroup’s UK boss said, “Business works best when we’re together,” but we plan to staff our office three days a week.
We talk to workers about how they feel about the possibility of returning to the office.
“I’m a little worried about returning.”
Laura Blackwell, who works for a Hale-based digital marketing agency in Cornwall, hasn’t physically met her colleagues since she started working last September.
A 25-year-old woman from Birmingham says she has the option to enter the office for the first time, but employers say they are adopting a “hybrid work model.”
“Working from home is everything I know,” she says. “We all accepted it.”
Laura says it’s “strange” how “comfortable” she was to work and get to know them, even though she only met her colleagues through virtual meetings.
She added that working from home is a “slightly blessing” after suffering from mental health for the past few months.
She adapted to her new job by setting alarms to help her manage her tasks and time. This is “not ideal for a crowded office,” she admits.
“I’m a little worried about returning home [to the office]”My director was really great for everyone. He is really open to those who are flexible and choose when we enter the office.
“It makes sense. We do all the work online and are used to making video calls. This is a normal part of our work.”
“There is no doubt that I work better in the office.”
Media company salesman Adam Jones claims he’s in a “minority” of people who are eager to return to the office full-time, even though his company doesn’t require employees. I will.
A 26-year-old woman from London, but from Lancashire, had to work in a shared accommodation bedroom during the coronavirus blockade.
“What I had to do wasn’t ideal,” he says. “I didn’t have a desk.
“I sat in the box I used to do the laundry and put the computer on the ironing board.
“There is no doubt that I will come along. [to the office], Drinking coffee and chatting a little. “
Jones said that living a daily life, cycling 6 miles to work and interacting directly with colleagues helped with mental health.
“I’m more productive in the office than at home,” he says.
“On the health side, I’m worried about getting back to work.”
Ingrid Temmerman, executive assistant at Imperial College London, has been working from home since the first coronavirus blockade and has begun discussions with his employer about returning to the office.
The 51-year-old “loves to work alone”, so she wants flexible arrangements to work from home or in the office.
“It gave me so much room to learn more about’I’and my ability to adapt to serious changes,” she says.
“Now I enjoy my company more and I am very happy to work from home.
Ms. Temmerman said she was “worried” about returning to the office, not only because of Covid’s new variety, but also because of her quality of life.
“I’m more productive, but healthier,” she tells the BBC.
“I can take a lunch break and prepare a better meal. I can meditate when I feel stressed where in the office it really isn’t an option.”
Ms. Temmerman said she wasn’t looking forward to an hour and a half commute to the capital, and said the money she saved on train fares allowed her to buy better food.
She also doesn’t miss the “he said, she said” internal politics.
“I now have more freedom to choose who I want to associate with and I’m not struggling to build effective relationships in the work environment,” she adds. “Everyone is doing their bit well.”
“I’m worried that it will be difficult to access the meeting.”
Stephen Morris works as a charity sense campaign advisor. His hearing and eyesight are impaired, and the need for a guide while commuting means that maintaining social distance is more difficult.
Morris has been working at the Kings Cross office in London for a day starting March 2020. He has only been vaccinated once so far and is uncomfortable returning full-time.
“I don’t feel safe commuting until everyone is vaccinated.”
Morris explains that this extra stress is “really difficult to distance socially.”
“My manager says they will make the office available, but they don’t put pressure on us to get in,” he explains.
“I really benefited from actually working from home. Using technology made meetings much more accessible than face-to-face, so I’m worried about losing. It’s one of those things. “
Can my boss tell me to work in the office?
Shah Qureshi, partner and head of employment at law firm Irwin Mitchel, said: “Ultimately, the answer is yes.”-The employer can instruct you to work in the office.
However, under the Industrial Safety and Health Act, Mr. Cresi said, “employers are obliged to ensure a safe working environment and a safe workplace for employees to return to, regardless of whether the restrictions have been lifted.” I add. July 19th.
Measures taken by companies may include spacing desks, implementing a one-way walking system, and ensuring adequate hygiene.
“The employer is obliged to return to the office that requires you to do so, and your normal workplace is the office, but the employer has a duty of care to ensure that everything is as safe as possible. There is, “says Cresi.
“Duty of care [from employers] It’s still there and it’s always there. “
Mr. Cresi added that the current law does not give employees the legal right to work from home.