Staff to carry on working from home with ‘no rush’ to return people to offices

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Working from home is set to continue for the foreseeable future despite the lessening of other lockdown restrictions, it has been reported.

Office staff will continue to be told to work remotely as Boris Johnson is reportedly not expected to give a set date for when workers will return to their desks.


The message to work from home was first introduced at the beginning of the pandemic and the original lockdown in March last year.

Announcing the third national lockdown last month the government said people should go into work only if they “absolutely” could not work from home.

The Prime Minister is now expected to unveil new plans for a roadmap out of lockdown on Monday.

Boris Johnson will lay our further plans for an exit from lockdown next week

The Daily Mail reports that the work from home if you can’ message will continue for employers with no end date in sight.

A government source told the paper: “I don’t think that will happen.

“We have a way to go before that changes. We wouldn’t bring in a new message at this stage because it will confuse people.

“The road map is to set out where we’re going.”

Some Tory MPs were said to have called on the Government to give more clarity on when staff might be able to return to their offices.

A man joins a Zoom meeting from home
Working from home has become common place since the start of the pandemic

Woman working from home early in the morning during lockdown
No date is expected to be given for when office working returns

Boris Johnson will publish the roadmap, setting out the dates when restrictions could be lifted in England, on Monday.

The plan to gradually lift lockdown could reportedly see us “broadly” back to normal by July and with pubs set to open in May.

A blueprint of the plans is also set to bring back hotel holidays in April as part of a limited Easter easing, it is reported.

Meanwhile, some companies previously said they would implement a ‘no jab, no job’ policy whereby staff would be forced to get vaccinated to keep their jobs.

Pimlico Plumber’s founder, Charlie Mullins, said last month lawyers were drafting new contracts for all 400 employees stating they must be vaccinated in order to work for the London-based firm.

Other firms also backed its staff getting the vaccines.

Unilever’s chief executive, Alan Jope, said that the company would strongly encourage all of its workers to have the vaccine, but said the FTSE 100 firm would stop short of making it mandatory.

As the mass vaccination rollout continues across the country the latest figures show that more than 15,500 people have received their first dose.



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