The UK must avoid a situation like that of Apple where staff are refusing to come into work saying that they will be robbed of their "lived experience"
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As chief executive of Apple Tim Cook is clearly one of the cleverest business in the world so when he tells his workforce (average pay $125K) must come back to the office for at least three days a week from September we should all take notice.
His reasoning is that there is something creative missing when all meetings are held by Zoom or the like. We all know that is true.
What may have come a surprise to Mr Cook (he made $14million last year) is that there has been a pushback by a minority of his employees who clearly have enjoyed WFH over the last year.
Now they have made public a statement claiming that WFH works great for them and they say they will be robbed of their “lived experience” whatever that means but more worryingly uses “diversity” and “inclusivity” as other justification.
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I can see the same arguments being used over here as companies decide that they too are missing something either in their profitability, their creativity or a sense a minority of their employees are not trying too hard. I believe that many more will work from home in the future but it has to be at the employers’ say so and not so Dave from accounts can get a round of golf in after picking up his daughter from school.
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My bet is that the biggest problem will come in the state industries. Remarkably the NHS already has a sizeable number of non-medical staff at home and I imagine getting them back will be like pulling teeth.
It will only be a matter of time before there is an employment tribunal where Doreen from British Gas claims her human rights have been affected because she can no longer sit in the kitchen and fail to answer complaints from customers.
Mark my words.
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