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Five ways we think office work will change


The majority of people think that the world of office work has changed quite radically due to covid, surveys for the BBC suggest.

Many office workers worked from home during lockdowns at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Workers in England were encouraged to gradually return to work as pandemic restrictions eased.

However, bosses and the general public believe that future work will not be as office-based as it was before the pandemic.

1. Workers won’t return to the office full-time

More bosses think that people won’t be going back to the office at pre-pandemic rates than the general public.

In the short term, people in England could be told to work from home once again if the government adopts its “Plan B” to deal with Covid through the autumn and winter.

In the rest of the UK, staff are still advised to work at home where possible.


2. Most people want to work home at least some of the time

Almost two thirds of people want to work from home at least some of the time, the surveys suggested.

Firms, which are competing for staff in a tight labour market in some sectors including health and hospitality, seem to be responding to this trend.

There has been a rise in job adverts that mention working from home, and applications for jobs with remote working shot up, recruitment firm Reed said in August.


3. Home working could hit young workers’ careers

Despite the appetite for working from home, the majority of bosses and the general public think that young people could find it more difficult to progress in their career compared with people going into the office.

In August, chancellor Rishi Sunak warned young people that home working may hurt their career.

However, many young people want to work from home at least some of the time, research suggests.


4. Almost half of London’s workers want to work from home sometimes

After the Covid pandemic, nearly half of Londoners want to work from home some of the time.

However, one-quarter of people in the capital say they would never work from home.

This is a lower percentage than in many other parts of the United Kingdom.

5. People in Scotland are the most likely to never want to work from home

In Scotland, for example, after the pandemic, more than four out of ten people say they will never work from home again.

This rate is lower in the North, Midlands, Wales, South, and East.

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