Firms are now assessing how to tackle the issue of remote versus office working once lockdown restrictions are eased
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Rishi Sunak has faced some criticism for encouraging people to return to their offices as soon as coronavirus restrictions are lifted on 19 July.
The chancellor told The Telegraph: “I think for young people, especially that ability to be in your office, be in your workplace and learn from others more directly, is something that’s really important and I look forward to us slowly getting back to that.”
In doing so he sparked backlash. Some who believe the restrictions are being lifted too soon expressed concerns about people mixing inside without masks:
Rishi Sunak tells people to go back to the office, but this time without masks.
It is not the first time Sunak has waxed lyrical about the office. In an interview with the Telegraph, in March, Sunak claimed staff may quit their jobs if they are not allowed to work from the office and said that homeworking is no substitute for an office environment with “people riffing off each other”.
He said: “You can’t beat the spontaneity, the team building, the culture that you create in a firm or an organisation from people actually spending physical time together.”
It appeared that not everyone had as strong relationships with their colleagues as Sunak clearly does, and writing on Twitter, various people proceeded to rip into his plans and mock him for overestimated the extent to which people like their offices:
@SkyNews I can tell Rishi, ever with his finger on the pulse of the people, that he’s right, office workers are jus… https://t.co/RBW6JnquqQ