Work from home that affects the competitiveness of British companies


If British workers do not return to the office, “the next generation’s chances will be undermined,” Sir James Dyson warned.

The millionaire inventor urged the government to take “less popular decisions” and return workers from their homes to their offices in order to restore the “competitiveness” of national businesses.

The UK’s order to work from home as much as possible was lifted on July 19, and the government said it expected and recommended a gradual return to work in the summer.

But the Labor Party has previously called for flexible labor to become a “new common sense,” saying that “the right to flexible labor will change our economy and the world of labor better.”

In the writing of The Daily Telegraph, Dyson said that allowing flexible work in the long run risks creating a “two-tier workforce.”

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“We risk creating a two-tiered workforce by making home-based employees less effective and enthusiastically participating in the workplace to drive our business.”

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Dyson’s CoVent ventilator in a hospital bed in a dateless handout photo. (Dyson / PA)

Dyson pointed to his own business as an example of how some companies are not suitable for flexible working styles.

He emphasized that the company developed a new ventilator during the first outbreak of the pandemic, and a team of 400 people assembled to build a new medical device from scratch.

“Projects like this never work with people who are cocooned at home,” Dyson said.

He called on the government to regain the right of companies to decide on the best way to form a team, adding:

“Returning to work is an important starting point.”