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Are you keen to go back to your workplace or do you prefer to work from home?

During the pandemic, many of us have taken the Government advice and have been working from home.

Boris Johnson is expected to set out the next stages of the Government’s coronavirus response later today, with speculation he could change the official guidance, which still states that people should work from home if they can and which also advises public transport be used only for essential journeys.

The Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said working from home was a ‘perfectly good option’.

Boris Johnson faces resistance from his chief scientific adviser over efforts to get more people back to their workplaces.

The Prime Minister has said employees should be talking to their bosses about “looking to come back to work in a safe way”.

But the Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said working from home remained a “perfectly good option” and there was “absolutely no reason” to change the advice which urges people to do it.

Giving evidence to the Commons Science and Technology Committee, Sir Patrick said it was his view – and one shared by the scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) – that “we’re still at a time when distancing measures are important”.

“Of the various distancing measures, working from home for many companies remains a perfectly good option because it’s easy to do,” he told MPs.

“I think a number of companies think it’s actually not detrimental to productivity.

“And in that situation, absolutely no reason I can see to change it.”

There are concerns about the impact of office workers staying away from their places of work, with the knock-on effects felt in shops and cafes which usually benefit from their trade.

On Monday, Boris Johnson said “people have gone to huge lengths to make their businesses Covid-secure”.

What are your views?  Have you been working from home during the pandemic? Are you keen to return to your workplace or are you happy to remain working from home?

Are you keen to go back to your workplace or do you prefer to work from home?

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Joan Fraser
31st Jul 2020
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Unfortunately I can't do the most important and fulfilling part of my work from home - meeting people, Eventually I will have to return. However, those I work with are in vulnerable groups, and safe meeting locations would have to be arranged - lots to think about (including early retirement as I'm 66 next year)
DebsDebs
27th Jul 2020
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Neither. I work in retail so can't work from home. During 4 months furlough i hit 60 & would have loved to retire & stay home forever!
SueC62
24th Jul 2020
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I've been retired nearly 2 years but previously I worked for Ricoh UK who quite a few years back introduced 'New Ways of Working' a concept that they sold to clients but also introduced in their own offices. As I was already field based, the transition was easy for me. The tools they introduced made it very easy. I had online meetings with colleagues, reports, clients; requested/authorised leave, booked travel just about anything. There was very little that wasn't achievable online. I was free to adjust my working hours to suit me, within some restrictions. I was able to get far more work done because I was sat at my laptop instead of sat in my car in a traffic jam. I could chat verbally or by text with colleagues but by means that I could turn off if I needed some time alone to concentrate. Of course face to face meetings were still necessary but it's seems silly to me to have to travel to an office to do work that you can do at your home desk.

Since the pandemic started, I've found the adjustment to video calling for friends and family, be it through Messenger, WhatsApp, Zoom or Skype simple because I was already used to the concept and having visual helped whilst I was abroad. I do wish people would learn how to use the cameras though. I'm sick of looking at only half of their face :-). And strangely, now I'm back in the UK, whilst I'm still video calling friends, they've all reverted to phoning me!
Pottspa
22nd Jul 2020
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Great been at home , however I do miss work banter and been around people.
SLB1964
19th Jul 2020
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Would be keen to return to the hustle and bustle and the hum of the office, but not to the potential danger. I'm shielding and classed as 'vulnerable' so would be a bit reluctant to go back until the risk becomes minimal. Not sure when that would be. My employers are putting various safety measures in place, but I'd still feel somewhat reluctant returning.

I've got used to working at home and am quite comfortable doing so. Although I do feel pretty isolated at times, specially as I have a sick husband at home. But that again is a double-edged sword because, if I weren't at home, I'd worry that he was ok.

So it's a difficult one.
Valleyman
17th Jul 2020
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Aristotle said, 'man is by nature a social animal.' and that's it. Being shut up in the house indefinitely may appeal to some, but it's a short term buzz. We need the interaction with others. The joys and the challenges, the comradeship and the love. We're not meant to be in a cage. That way lies depression and misunderstanding.
Supersabre
17th Jul 2020
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My perspective on the situation comes from a different angle.
I am a reading helper volunteer at a local school. And really miss the interaction with the children and staff.
Wilf
17th Jul 2020
1
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A bit of both is probably best. I did used to work from home a bit and the only part of working I did not enjoy was the commuting which was expensive and 'orrible with the traffic and crowded trains
Heather14
17th Jul 2020
1
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There seems to be a message coming from the Government now that "working" can only be done at an actual place of work, even though the last few months have demonstrated that a large number of jobs can be done from home. Surely the message should be to employers to encourage employees to work from home if they can or want to. This will help the environment in the long run as well as helping to contain the virus inthe short term.
Personally it's academic for me as my contract ends next week and isn't being renewed, I've been furloughed for the past four months. For my next job I'll be looking to work from home if possible.
Ian123
17th Jul 2020
1
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Being long retired, my vote to stay at home is only theoretical.
It must be down to the individual.
If I was under 40 and underlying illness free I would have no hesitation in going back to work, unless I was sharing my home with a vulnerable person, in which case I would be staying at home.
Unfortunately I would not trust Boris Johnston or any of his band of merry sleight of tongue fellow underachievers to tell me the time, even less little what they claim to profess.
ChrissieDB
17th Jul 2020
2
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My sitting room feels cluttered with all the extra screens/keyboard etc, since I live in a small flat. However, I love not having to be in crowded smelly, unreliable trains or travelling (via the park and ride) in slow/static traffic queues, witnessing road rage etc. My idea of hell, all that! Best of all, living in my slippers - it's been great for the sore feet! 🙂

It's not necessarily an easy choice for the employer as there are obviously security issues, and they have to ensure staff are carrying out their own health and safety audits, such as DSE risk assessments, etc (I note one contributor here obviously suffering when he really should not be!). But there are also some advantages for the companies as it must be cheaper - a very good thing if it helps save jobs, ultimately! My firm has now given up one of its city centre offices and is able to move everyone into the same block, where there wasn't enough room for us all before. And for people like me who don't really need to be in the office - ever - and who like working from home, then it's keeping us happier. I suppose eventually we can still meet up with our friendly colleagues for a drink from time to time, when (if) things ever get back to being sociable again, just as i had been meeting up with colleagues from a previous job once or twice a year.

So, all in all, I love working from home - long may it continue. It's clearly better for the environment, too!
SueC62
24th Jul 2020
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From a commercial point of view, it does help to free up real estate as your employer has found. You reminded me of when I'd bought a new 'office' chair and a laptop riser for use at my kitchen table so I didn't need to use the spare room as an office. I duly filled out my DSE and, as per the instructions, emailed it to my boss who asked what I expected him to do with it......!

I found that when I did have to go to a team meeting, which were quarterly, because of the savings on the monthly ones, we could stretch to dinner or even an overnighter so it helped rather than detract from social time with colleagues.
swaneldo
17th Jul 2020
3
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I retired early to look after my mum and I have to say that I've never been so relieved I did given the current situation.

I think it's probably time for businesses to seriously think about the way they operate. I'm sure there are lots of people who, if they are able and were given the choice, would prefer to not be involved in a commute and the trawl back and forth each day. It would also ease congestion on roads and public transport if those who wanted to continued to work from home. With all the gadgetry available, it's do-able if it's done right. Maybe staggered office hours are the future - would cut down on costs on office space too.

Of course, the divorce rate might go through the roof LOL.
BooPaz
17th Jul 2020
3
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I have been working from home since mid April and it has clearly had physical and mental effects on my health.
I ended up using the dining room table as my desk and it was clearly not meant for that. I ended up with back problems and leg problems too where the table and chair was not designed for that kind of daily and constant use.
Mentally it has effected me because I miss the buzz of a busy office and grabbing moments of face-to-face conversation with colleagues. Sometimes WFH can feel like solitary confinement in a comfortable prison
We have been told that we are looking at the early part of 2021 before we can be considered for returning to work.
It’s a grim outlook for many!
ElisabethR
17th Jul 2020
1
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Could you not buy yourself an office chair? No suggestions re office interaction. I wouldn't miss all the nasty gossip though.
BooPaz
17th Jul 2020
1
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Hi Elizabeth, my office have now provided me with a chair AND paid for a comfortable desk.
The problem was no one had any idea how long we would have to work from home?
It has been months and for me and my colleagues many more to come
When you are an outgoing person, who likes people, being inside constantly is no good at all.
Some people may like it, and at first it seems a lovely idea, but, for me, it is not.
Enjoy your day!
MrsPat
17th Jul 2020
3
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I loved going to the office and meeting all my pals. Staying at home on my own with the cat and the kids would have been boring.
Munsterlander
17th Jul 2020
4
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I would have loved to have worked from home. Great joy! To not have to commute and spend all those endless hours clock watching and making sure everyone knows that I am working really hard. The internet was not invented until I nearly retired so it didn't happen but in my next life.

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