COVID-19 initially created havoc across the world, and it left many employers scrambling. When the pandemic took hold in March, they were forced to clear offices, and shops. Workers were sent home, with what seemed like a temporary measure. However, could there have been a change for the better as a result of this?

However, it has proved to be more permanent than many believed. The pandemic has calmed, but not gone away. There has been a huge change in employment throughout the world. Productivity has not taken a big hit, as had been predicted by many.

A large percentage of workers continue to work for home, and many are enjoying the perks of it. They can skip the morning commute, and work from the comfort of their own home. Many employers are extending home working, and are not planning a return back to the office anytime soon.

We have some clients that are planning to make working from home permanent and give up their leases – what will this do to our cities and micro businesses that rely on foot fall?

According to the Office for National Statistics, these are the latest indicators for the UK economy as of 27th August 2020, these are the latest indicators for the UK economy as of 27th August 2020.

 

Main Points

  • Survey (BICS),13% of the workforce are still on furlough leave, with 70% receiving top up from employers. See Section 2 of survey.
  • Overall footfall at retail locations continued to rise in the week commencing 17 August, with footfall in retail parks up to 90% when compared to the same day last year, shopping centres just under 70%. See Section 6
  • On Monday 24 August, all motor vehicle traffic was six percentage points lower than traffic seen on the equivalent Monday in the first week of February, mainly driven by reduced car traffic, according to data from the Department for Transport (DfT) See Section 7
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    All Staff Have Rights to Work From Home

    Employees with more than six months service were able to ask for flexitime to job share or work from home from June 2020.

    It was reported back in June by Emma Birchley from Sky News, that from the 30th June 2020 the right to request flexible working arrangements was extended to all staff, not just parents and carers.
    This change has extended flexible working rights to around 20 million people. With this in mind I want to take a look at the pros and cons of working from home.

    This change has extended flexible working rights to around 20 million people. With this in mind I want to take a look at the pros and cons of working from home.

     

    Pros of Working from Home