In post-pandemic Britain most employees won’t get to choose where and when they work

In the past I've criticised bosses for jumping on the 'work from home' bandwagon in the hope of saving a few quid on running offices and other workplaces. Read more: In post-pandemic Britain most employees won’t get to choose where and when they work

In post-pandemic Britain most employees won’t get to choose where and when they work

In the past I’ve criticised bosses for jumping on the ‘work from home’ bandwagon in the hope of saving a few quid on running offices and other workplaces.

But there’s another troubling sentiment I’m picking up that’s rumbling away among employees across the country who don’t want to come back to their workplace.

What I’m getting from other business owners and from people messaging me on social media isn’t just a begrudging resignation from members of the nation’s workforce that a year of working at home in their pyjamas is coming to an end, but a more militant attitude that in future they, not their employers, should have the right to choose when and where they work.

The reality of the situation is that if you are employed by a company that needs and wants you to be at a certain place, for a certain period of time, on specific days, then that’s the deal.

Otherwise, why would anyone even bother to start a business and employ people if they don’t have the power to organise their workforce in the way they think is most efficient? If people don’t like the conditions on offer they should look elsewhere for work, or take the leap into self-employment and become their own bosses.

The truth of the matter is that people are more creative and productive when they are in the company of others (and if you don’t want to take my word for it, ask the chancellor, Rishi Sunak), and despite all the rubbish some bosses have been spouting about remote working for most it has been a second-best standby measure that was necessary during the pandemic.

Some will disagree, and I wish them all the luck with their new models, but believe me most companies have already put together plans to get the majority of their staff back to centralised working as soon as is practical.

This is not only a business priority, but it’s also about having a functioning society. If everyone got to choose when they worked the place would fall apart. What of shop workers, police, those in the NHS? Should they have the same rights to dictate when they show up, and where they walk the beat or tend to patients?

The idea that people who work in predominately white-collar office jobs should be allowed to stay at home and work is in many ways an entitled and selfish one. They want to stay at home on the same wage, be kept safe from crime, have access to local medical services when they are unwell, and head to the supermarket for the weekly shop whenever they feel like it.

The reality of the world of work is that it takes place somewhere other than the home. People do work better in each other’s company, and there is a productivity advantage to businesses when they are organised in this way. Otherwise, why would a UK company pay UK labour prices to local staff to work in an office, when they could get the same result for half the money in Mumbai?

So those who want to permanently work at home need to understand that they are now in direct competition with workers from across the globe, many of whom are prepared to do their jobs for far less money. And that seems to me like a recipe for unemployment, which is why it won’t happen.
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David Frost accused of ignoring concerns of UK small businesses on EU trade

David Frost has been accused of ignoring the concerns of small businesses, after his comments at the EU scrutiny committee today that "initial disruptions" to EU-UK trade have largely been overcome. Read more: David Frost accused of ignoring concerns of UK small businesses on EU trade

David Frost accused of ignoring concerns of UK small businesses on EU trade

David Frost has been accused of ignoring the concerns of small businesses, after his comments at the EU scrutiny committee today that “initial disruptions” to EU-UK trade have largely been overcome.

Chair of the cross-party UK Trade and Business Commission Hilary Benn MP said Lord Frost’s comment “doesn’t square with the evidence we’ve heard in recent weeks, particularly about small businesses that are struggling.”

The Commission recently heard that small businesses that export food to the EU and Northern Ireland are facing a “monster of a system” and that some will give up on this trade unless current checks are simplified. The group has also heard from leading economists who all agreed that smaller firms are bearing the brunt of new barriers to trade with the EU.

Hilary Benn MP, co-convenor of the UK Trade and Business Commission said: “This doesn’t square with the evidence we’ve heard in recent weeks, particularly from small businesses that are struggling to adapt to new red tape at the UK’s borders.

“For these firms, this so-called initial disruption has become an impediment to smooth trade, and a some companies are now giving up on trade with the EU or Northern Ireland altogether because of the additional bureaucracy and costs involved.

“Far from being teething problems, their experience shows why the Trade and Cooperation Agreement needs to be improved.

“I hope David Frost and the UK government will now engage with businesses and take on board practical recommendations on how to reduce barriers to trade with the EU.”

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