So it’s official. Boris Johnson has fired the starting gun and from July 19, working from home will no longer be the default position for employees. No more sneaky after-lunch sleeps, or nipping out for a spot of tanning in the garden when the sun shines. No more loading a wash between Zoom calls and saving the cost of the daily commute. I had to go to an In Real Life meeting the other day and putting together an outfit which included shoes – not just a smart shirt and earrings on top of PJs – and getting on the Tube, was quite a facer.
The return to the status quo will bring a new crop of winners and losers. Younger workers are said to be raring to get back to the office, with its increased opportunity for socialising and collaboration. Older workers, particularly those with health concerns or caring responsibilities, feel rather less enthusiastic. Is a new divide set to emerge? With no right to flexible working yet on the statute books (though it is being discussed), a culture war could be coming to the office, with older workers arguably at greatest risk.
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