Younger workers will benefit from return to office, says boss

Return to the office: Can’t wait or dreading it?

1/24/2022 11:18:00 AM

Return to the office: Can’t wait or dreading it?

Returning to work in offices will help younger staff with their careers, the head of a pub firm says.

Many people are set to return to the office this week after work-from-home guidance was ditched in England.Mr Watson said people returning to offices in town and city centres was "not just to help the hospitality industry", but "to help everyone in the office".

a BBC survey'I enjoy the office much more than I thought'According to latest official figures, some 37% of adults worked from home in 2020, with workers living in London the most likely to do so."The tipping of the scale was the prospect of working in a new team in an environment that I really liked. On the days I have been back in person, I have enjoyed it very much - more than I thought I would.

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'...says boss' Says it all. Remember when Boris pretended he was concerned about climate change for a week? Home working is a simple, progressive measure we can build on from the pandemic. But no, get back to the offices, spend spend spend. Unbelievable. Dreading it. Literally no point. Low pay will build character - Boss

Can’t wait to dread it Those with the intention to dig their heels in and stay at home will have dramatic increase in energy bills, heating costs where applicable and their employers wont be footing the bill im sure for those expenses, so this story is going to continue well into the winter of 2022 Commuting to an office to spend the rest of the day on a computer. teams, e mail, on the work infrastructure, seems non productive for some. For others in office connection may be required. It depends on the competency and available resources. I don't think one size fits all.

Or C) Not happening 👍 It wont make much difference for me. I've been living in the vents of my office ever since my wife kicked me out for eating her Prada handbag People are individuals. While undoubtedly some thrive in the office, others thrive out of the office. The best managers work with their people to ensure they're motivated and productive, and that might mean flexible or hybrid working arrangements.

Nah, what the title should actually be is 'Younger workers, who can't afford large enough homes to not make WFH miserable, go back to the office for space.'

These memes perfectly sum up how we all feel about another return to the officeThese memes sum up how many of us feel about returning to the office next week

It's hilariousbosses think it will all be like it was. We are irrevocably changed, and that will play out in the coming decade. Took me 1 hr & 15 mins to get into the office this am, plus £6 train fare and petrol costs. Could have spent that time working from home. Also having not had a pay rise above 1% due to 11 years of tory austerity savings on travel would be massively welcome. Doesn't make sense.

bring back mass immigration. Those who want to wfh indefinetely can be permanataly replaced. Don't people actually miss the general office atmosphere, chats and banter. Not exactly the same using Teams or Zoom! What an insular society we are becoming I'm here to show my appreciation to TarellaCampbel who took me out from zero to hero. I'm so glad to be among your winning team ma'am and I will always show my gratitude and work with you always.

Not everyone works in a office !! Us construction workers have been to work all the way through this shambles My 28 yo daughter changed jobs, mid lockdown. She's been to the office maybe 6 times. Apraisal last week and she's given an 'exceptional' award for outstanding work & keeping the team together. Her performance is due to zero commute, work/life ⚖. This reasoning is rubbish.

Oh bbc have you ever spoken to a real young person 🙃 “We have to keep them poor or they won’t come back” says Boss Dreading. I’ve got so used to working from home and become just a little socially awkward (to people outside my family). Once upon a time I couldn’t wait to get away from home but that was pre-Covid days. The world has changed. I’ve changed

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Government’s can have a rule on work from home, if possible during a pandemic, BUT it cannot have a rule to must work in the office either during a pandemic or outside a pandemic. There are clear limits. 'says boss who can micromanage them' I know my son is looking forward to it, he's been stuck in a box room for 2 years so yeah 3 days a week will be great for his mental health.

I love how these articles all ask ‘the boss’ rather than the actual people on the ground.. probably a Tory doner to boot.. My organisation is now on permanent blended working (40% time office based only) but I dread going into the office more so when its just as efficient at home, we still have no contact meetings (zoom) in the office so its pointless being there.

WHO still think you should WFH if you can The daily grind ... ? Opening new doors instead of the fridge. One guy who works for a pub said this, so big News. Also chimes in with what rightwing office real estate owners want. Funny that. Who does the BBC work for? Not you, that's for sure. Work is a thing you do, not a place you go.

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The “boss” mentioned in this headline owns a bunch of city centre pubs…. Sure it’s about mentoring? Coviditus finished😂 Why just younger people? Us middle aged folk are also too looking forward to getting into the office more Can't wait. Hybrid working is the way forward.

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Image caption, Will workers return to daily commuting as they did before the pandemic? Returning to work in offices will help younger staff with their careers, the boss of a pub firm has said. Clive Watson, chief executive of City Pub Group, said junior workers needed mentors which they could not get access to while working from home. Many people are set to return to the office this week after work-from-home guidance was ditched in England. Mr Watson said having staff working in offices would help build the "culture" of businesses. "Every junior staff needs a mentor, every junior staff needs to go to someone in the office to help them with their roles and they can't really do that from home," Mr Watson, whose firm owns 45 pubs, told the BBC's Today programme. "You can bring in a flexibility to the office work-life. But I think it's very important for office workers' mental wellbeing to be back in the office and be working alongside their colleagues." Mr Watson said people returning to offices in town and city centres was "not just to help the hospitality industry", but "to help everyone in the office". According to a Centre for Cities report published on Monday, Covid-19 has cost businesses in city and large town centres more than a third (35%) of their potential takings and shut down thousands since March 2020. Some employers have argued working from the office is more productive, with the boss of bank Goldman Sachs previously calling remote working an "aberration". But many believe flexible working is here to stay. Last year, a BBC survey found 70% of 1,684 people polled do not believe workers will return to the office full-time when the pandemic subsides. The BBC spoke to workers about how they felt about going back, and while some staff say they cannot wait to go back in, others are disappointed they cannot continue working from home full time. It comes as coronavirus infection rates in the country remain high, and unions have raised concerns over safety. 'I enjoy the office much more than I thought' Image source, IngridTemmerman Ingrid Temmerman, an executive assistant at Imperial College London, worked from home during the first coronavirus lockdown. According to latest official figures, some 37% of adults worked from home in 2020, with workers living in London the most likely to do so. However, Ingrid has since changed to a role which meant she was required to work full-time in the office, until the government issued its work-from-home guidance. She will be returning to the office on Monday, but said she was "mindful not to change back to old habits such as not moving from my seat" or "not taking lunch breaks". "Before I applied for the [new] role, I had to give it some real thought as to whether I was prepared to compromise a hybrid model," she said. "The tipping of the scale was the prospect of working in a new team in an environment that I really liked. On the days I have been back in person, I have enjoyed it very much - more than I thought I would. "I was also given my own office in my new job, which really helps." 'I'm one of the lucky ones' Benjamin Marlow, a fraud and crime data analyst for an insurance firm, told the BBC he returned to working from home full-time following the Omicron outbreak, having previously returned to the office for one day a week after the first lockdown. The 35-year-old said he understood his employer was looking to introduce a "phased return", with staff working in the office for two or three days a week. Although he found working from home beneficial for his well-being and concentration levels, Mr Marlow said he was looking forward to it, as "it's good for rapport-building with colleagues". Image source, Benjamin Marlow "It does also avoid things taken out of context. With emails, some can come across a bit brisk and a bit harsh," he added. "I think there are benefits to the workplace by maintaining workplace etiquette." Mr Marlow, from Surrey, explained he had used the time he usually spent commuting to take up running. "I'm now at half-marathon distance, having previously not been a runner," he said. "I'm eating much more healthily, instead of relying on food on the go. "I'm one of the lucky ones from Covid." Can my boss force me to return to the office? Image source, Image caption, Shah Qureshi is a partner and head of employment at law firm Irwin Mitchell Shah Qureshi, partner and head of employment at law firm Irwin Mitchell, says: "Ultimately, the answer is yes" - your employer can tell you to work from the office. However, Mr Qureshi adds that under the Health and Safety at Work Act, "employers have an obligation to ensure that there is a safe working environment, a safe workplace, to which an employee returns", irrespective of any Covid restrictions. "There is an obligation to return to the office where an employer requires you to do so, and your normal workplace is the office, but there is a duty of care that the employer has to ensure that everything is safe as far as possible," says Mr Qureshi. "The duty of care [from employers] still remains and has always been there," he said. Mr Qureshi adds that as the law currently stands, there is no legal right for employees to work from home. Some pushback ahead? Matt from Sutton Coldfield, a recruitment consultant, told the BBC that he had been more productive while working from home. "I've made more deals at home than I ever have in the office," he said. "I feel more comfortable working later and I think I try to push myself a bit harder to prove that I'm not slacking off - perhaps it's a bit of guilt." His firm has adopted a hybrid working model, with three of five days a week spent in the office where possible during the pandemic. From next week, he believes he might be asked to return full-time. "Personally, I think there might be some pushback. Most of my colleagues are in their mid-20s to late 40s and we're all keen to keep doing what we're doing because of the better work-life balance, and the fact that it saves money on commuting." UK digital bank introduces four-day work week According to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), more employers reported that home-working boosted productivity as the pandemic went on. Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the CIPD, said: "The pandemic has given organisations the opportunity to test and develop effective home and hybrid working practices. "Looking forward, we expect most employers to continue to refine and embed hybrid working arrangements of some form for those workers who can work remotely." But 28-year-old Alex, who moved to London during the pandemic to take up a new role at a law firm, is raring to return to the office. "As someone who's new to London, I've found it really difficult to make personal connections and network, to discover the firm culture," he says. Most of his communication with colleagues is via texts or emails, so he says it's hard to feel included or get to know new co-workers. "I appreciate there's a lot of freedom and flexibility with working from home, but I can't wait to get back and hopefully make an impression." More on this story