From our Swindon Correspondent:
This really isn’t going to work:-
This is generally known as presenteeism. If your boss is an idiot, he doesn’t measure you by how much work you get done but whether you’re at your desk when he walks past.
Maybe your boss is such an idiot. Maybe you are stuck with that in the current climate. But I don’t think most people are in that situation. For many companies, this has been a learning experience. I can confirm this looking at the job requests sent to me a year ago vs today. 20 job ads. A year ago, 15% fully remote. The last 20 job ads I had? 60% fully remote (by the way, this never means 100% remote, but more like 80+% remote).
Companies that start demanding their staff waste an hour on a crappy, unreliable, disease-ridden commuter train every day, at the price of £6K/year (from Reading) are going to find people leaving at the earliest opportunity. What’s the gross cost of that to someone? £10K/annum?
There’s also going to be companies out there using this as an opportunity. Find companies insisting on work from home and start offering their people the same salary but with WFH benefits.
There’s also the mental health downsides of being on a commuter train that’s rammed because the last one was cancelled with one of the following:trying your patience- chavs who don’t control their kids, drunks, people playing techno too loudly. And you’re running late, and wondering if you can get home to read the kids a bedtime story.
It’s good to be around people, but if you want to do that, go and find a friendly pub or a hotel near where you live to sit in. Your colleagues are rarely your friends. Leave a company and you almost never keep in touch. They’re strangers that you work with. You might as well go to the local cafe and chat to the two lovely Spanish girls behind the counter, or people at the next table.
As the UK tried to kickstart its economy following the coronavirus lockdown, the Prime Minister worries empty office buildings could slow down the nation’s recovery.
To paraphrase our host: office buildings are a cost, not a benefit. If people aren’t using them because they found a more efficient way to operate, that makes us richer. It’s a problem for landlords in London, but I have a tiny violin for the London landlords.
A Government source told the Telegraph: ‘People need to understand that working from home isn’t the benign option it seems. We need workers to be alert to what decisions their bosses may take in the weeks ahead. ‘If they are only seeing workers once a fortnight then that could prove problematic for some employees in the future. We want employees to be careful what working arrangements they accept. ‘Suddenly the word “restricted” is bandied about and people who have been working from home find themselves in the most vulnerable position.’
So says people who mostly work in a fossil of a building whose processes seem to be mostly pre-war, are mostly a chumocracy. These people have no clue at all about modern business. I’ve done office and remote work for people for over a decade and you have no more clue what decisions your bosses are taking just because they’re in the next room.