Advice on working from home lifted – what employers need to consider

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Advice on working from home lifted – what employers need to consider

January 21st, 2022, Blog
Home working advice to end but do Brits want to return?
Boris Johnson has confirmed that Plan B restrictions, including compulsory mask wearing and work from home advice have come to an end as positive case data further indicates that the UK is finally coming to the end of the Coronavirus pandemic and entering into what scientists call “endemic” disease.

However, while this may be welcomed by sections of the workforce keen to get back to ‘normal’, significant issues remain – with the ONS indicating that job to job moves are at a record high, driven by resignations, not dismissals. Consultancy and accounting disruptors, Theta Global Advisors reveal landmark research shows that more than half (51%) of British workers have worked better from home, and 41% believe a rush back to the office is a poor strategy choice on the part of their management teams.

It has been a challenging time for the economy over the past 2 years, and the government is keen to see a return to normality.

Even though the recently imposed Plan B  advice on working from home has been lifted, not all employees would like to go back to the pre-Covid position of being in the office 5 days a week as “ 40% of Brits agree that given their experience over the last two years, their employer forcing a strict return to pre-pandemic office norms would hinder their performance”

Although an employment contract may say that staff are required to be in the office full time, from a staff morale and productivity point of view, these findings should be taken into account. Also, in the past two years, it has become more common for employment contracts to allow staff to work from home, and if an employment contract does allow for that, an employer will need to carefully consider how the return to the office is to be managed.

The law in this article is current as of 20 January 2022.

If you have any employment law queries, please do not hesitate to contact David Nathan at [email protected] or on 020 7822 2247.

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