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Post-COVID era of hybrid work beckons in UK

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By Roland JACKSON

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Surveys indicate that a hybrid or flexible working week, divided between home and office, will be popular among huge numbers of workers.

Absolutely!

Companies, and countries alike (yes Japan!) will have to adopt this way of working to keep attracting the best talent.

The last doing so will be left behind in a world that is increasingly competitive to attract, and retain, the best resources.

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There are too many up sides for the companies bottom line to go back. Bet the room isn’t that neat and tidy normally!

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My wife and I have worked at home for 30 years. I paint. She teaches. And together we do translations. We have only been apart for a few weeks for family crisis during that time. Many couples especially with young children might find it hard working from home with limited space.

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-pause their job.

Is that the new euphemism for getting sacked?

Banks are leading the way here, closing branches as fast as they can. Their customer service is being 'paused' as well.

One UK government entity appears to be using a chat bot to answer calls. It is as rubbish as you might expect.

-Companies though will reap the benefits of a more flexible approach to work.

Companies will save money by imprisoning you in your home alone or with your family, rather than in their office with your colleagues.

Up until now, many people have been furloughing. Couples who both have a job (common the UK - or it was) are going to have to negotiate for the best workspace. I wonder if unions will assist?

Home working has upsides (I worked from home before Covid), but it is going to isolate people. It is going to be tough on those with small flats and small children. It is not going to be for everyone.

And whenever anyone uses the phrase 'wellbeing' on the TV now, I immediately turn over. We get sermons on it all the time.

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Absolutely!

Companies, and countries alike (yes Japan!) will have to adopt this way of working to keep attracting the best talent.

The last doing so will be left behind in a world that is increasingly competitive to attract, and retain, the best resources.

I agree! More WFH and Home schooling as well will be the way to go. I wish my company did that. I would LOVE to WFH

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The 34-year-old Scot now works for Proxima from the apartment she shares with pet beagle Kobe in the south London suburb of Nunhead, 9.6 kilometers from the office, with a window view of London's Shard skyscraper.

Sounds very similar to Japanese career women. They get ahead and enjoy being single with a pet. Two downsides to work from home are lack of opportunities to meet a love interest at work or via socializing after work, and must be very hard to hire new graduates and train them. I predict there will be a few years of much lower hiring of new grads who may be screwed.

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