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Office Working V's Working From Home

Warnings of 'ghost towns' if staff do not return to the office.

Friday, 18 September 2020

Blog written by Ewan Dodds, Whybrow CEO 

 

An interesting article on the BBC News website recently;

Warnings of 'ghost towns' if staff do not return to the office.

 

Let’s face it, given the choice of travelling into London or other major cities, many workers would prefer to work from home. No brainer. Although in cramped flats or with young families, the office environment will certainly be a more attractive option for many too.

 

Getting people back into the office in these circumstances is going to be crucial if we are to better (in our “new normal”) the UK’s frankly appalling productivity output.

 

Here at the Whybrow HQ in Colchester, we have all been back in our more than adequately socially distanced office for quite a few months - although whilst working from home, I did revel in my wife ensuring I actually stopped for a proper lunch break which was novel, went on our daily walks as allowed, did my running and got my several “hellos” from various other joggers!

 

It makes you appreciate working in the provinces where, in business terms at least, we are going about our daily routines albeit perhaps still at reduced levels and with reduced numbers.

 

I recently went on my first business trip to London on the train since March. Scary? No not really, quite exciting actually with the train all socially distanced, Liverpool Street very spacious (not what I’m used to), Londoners going about their business in a very considered way, bars all relaxed and well ordered. The train back at 9.30pm equally pleasant and from my experience that day, people were rather respectful and adhered to social distancing.

 

Let’s get the country going again and be positive, no matter how gloomy the outlook.

 

View the BBC News article here

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