Exhausted From Remote Working

Staff Exhausted From Remote Working

UNITED KINGDOM – Canary Wharf Group’s Head of Strategy, Howard Dawber, thinks that employees are pining to return to their workplace as there’s “a lot of fatigue” over remote working, reported BBC on Tuesday morning (2 March, SGT).

“Working from home for the first couple of months of last year when the sun was shining and people were enjoying perhaps a more flexible environment, there was a sense that this was going to be a short-term process,” he told the news agency.

Dawber also reckons that employees are likely missing what the CBD has to offer due to their prolonged absence from the workplace.

“I think now people are really missing that opportunity to collaborate with and just see their friends in the office, to get your hair cut, to go and get a good coffee at lunchtime, and to do all the life admin things you can do in a city centre.”

Moreover, the executive of one of the UK’s major office & retail landlords revealed that its Canary Wharf complex in the capital is currently accommodating 6,000 workers, a far cry from the 100,000 seen before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

Notably, Canary Wharf Group would gain financially if demand for office space resumes or increases after lockdown restrictions in the UK are relaxed, given its 7.5 million sq ft office portfolio.

While the authorities’ roadmap to remove COVID-19 restrictions recommends that staff in England continue with remote working where possible, they hope that rules against social interactions can be lifted from 21 June 2021.

Dawber said that while his company anticipates that office occupancy would return to pre-COVID levels, the increase is expected to be gradual, as staff will still want to work remotely during some days.

“I think it is going to be more socially acceptable for people to take the occasional day working from home. So, it may well be that people have a desk at Canary Wharf but some people will choose to work at home one day a week or a couple of days a month and that’s a good thing,” he added.

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