“Tuesday to Thursday is the new office working week” [study from Placemake.io and Visitor Insights]
Why is there such vehement opposition from some areas of the UK press to WFH?
One reason might be ‘a stake in the system’.
This is an observation from Mumsnet in December 2021:
A persistent agenda in The Telegraph against working from home? It also has a completely misogynist undertone. Not everyone has to be a massive fan of it, but why work so hard to stoke up opinion against it??
Example headlines from November:
“If you want to lose your job, work from home”
“Just one in ten women working from home plan to return to office”
“Take it from a mother, working from home is a disaster for women”
“HMRC spends millions so staff can abandon offices”
“Afghan allies ‘left at the mercy of Taliban’ while civil servants worked from home”
“People working from home do half an hour less each day, study finds”
“It’s high time staff returned to the office”
City centre commercial prices, the lunchtime food sector, quite a lot of retail and hospitality is very reliant on everyone returning to work predominantly in offices away from home. The people who benefit most from those businesses are wealthy investors, including older people with large invested pensions.
However, it’s not a matter of political persuasion, as the Guardian is not keen, but the Times is:
And it’s not a matter of being rich and living in London if you work from home:
Activity also seems to have increased in seaside towns, including Budleigh Salterton in Devon. The town which had a reputation as a place to retire, has attracted an increasing number of young families. Adam Sweet, a structural engineer who largely works from home, said when he arrived in the town in 2016 he knew of only one family with young children in his neighbourhood. “Since then, there’s 10 or 20 families in our area who’ve all moved in and I know a lot of people who are waiting to move in to Budleigh, it’s become quite a family area,” he said, adding: “People can live further away now.”
Here’s the conclusion from an excellent overview of WFH from Tim Jones, Chairman of the North Devon Biosphere Foundation, published last week:
My predications are that the world of remote working is now here to stay. It will include a smallish percentage of those who will just work from home all the time. By far the largest percentage however, in my view, will be those who adopt the hybrid solution probably at their workplace on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday. The business community and its service providers will need to make necessary adjustments for this change. Like it or not, I believe it is here to stay.
To finish, here’s a nice little guide from South Devon: