Increasing numbers of businesses call time on working from home and recall their workers to offices.
Apple, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs are among the many high profile businesses bringing their workers back to offices having recognised the detrimental impact remote working has had on creativity, productivity and the wellbeing of staff.
According to a recent survey by Nuffield Health, 80 percent of the British workforce admit to a decline in their mental health as a result of prolonged working from home. They cite loneliness as well as increased levels of stress and anxiety over the feeling that they must be constantly at their computers in order not to risk being tardy responding to emails.
Around a third of respondents reported strained relationships with their partners and children and almost as many were finding a work/life balance particularly challenging, struggling to switch off at what should be the end of the working day.
Collaboration has always been a critical component to the success of any business and the absence of this over the last year seems to be behind Apple’s decision to recall staff to the office. In a memo sent in May by chief executive Tim Cook he stated that working from home could not adequately replace in-person collaboration: “For all that we’ve been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other,” he commented.
“I know I’m not alone in missing the hum of activity, the energy, creativity and collaboration of our in-person meetings and the sense of community we’ve all built.”
Fellow tech giants Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft have also turned away from homeworking, expecting staff to be back in the office in September for at least three days a week.
The director of policy and research at the Centre for Cities think tank recently told the BBC that hybrid working will remain popular during this period of recovery, but analysts are predicting a shift back to pre-Covid working patterns for many and that within two years the five-day office week with be the norm again.
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