Boris Johnson has issued a renewed call to return to the office in the wake of the Covid pandemic, saying working from home is not working. The Prime Minister said staff were “more productive, more energetic, more full of ideas” when they were in the workplace alongside their colleagues.
“My experience of working from home is that you spend a long time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, you get up, you walk very slowly to the fridge, cut a small piece of cheese, and then you walk very slowly back to your laptop. and then forget what you were doing,” he told the Daily Mail. Instead, he said bringing workers who continue to operate from home back to the office would increase productivity.
“It will get our city centers moving on weekdays and it will be good for public transportation. And a lot of companies that have been going through tough times are going to benefit from that,” he said.
“We need to get back into the habit of walking into the office. There will be many people who disagree with me, but I think that people are more productive, more energetic, more full of ideas, when they are surrounded by other people.
With many civil servants reportedly still working from home, Johnson has previously criticized the “post-Covid tomorrow culture” in the Civil Service. Ministers have publicly blamed large-scale home work for delays at the Passport Agency and the DVLA.
Earlier it emerged that Johnson had instructed ministers to cut 90,000 civil service jobs, which could save £3.5bn a year, as the government seeks measures to ease the cost of living crisis. Unions warned they might go on strike, but the prime minister defended the move, saying: “We have to reduce the cost of government to reduce the cost of living.”
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