THE UNITED KINGDOM could help block the coronavirus by dividing its workforce into “team A” and “team B” and making each work a three-day week, according to a report.
The Royal Society of Arts said the proposal, as well as the British return to work, could help solve long-standing issues like climate change and economic insecurity.
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Government advice to stop the spread of the virus currently indicates that people should only get to work if they cannot do their jobs remotely.
But some of those returning to work again reported difficulty maintaining distances on public transportation and having to share space with fellow commuters who did not wear masks.
The plans of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), for example, included one team in an office working Monday through Wednesday and a second team working Thursday through Saturday.
The idea would allow offices to better practice social distance, reduce congestion on roads and public transport, and provide an opportunity to develop cycling infrastructure, the report said.
It is based on a similar system used in South Korea, which has been praised internationally for its success in preventing the spread of the virus using various control measures.
Matthew Taylor, RSA chief executive, said: “The crisis can be a time for positive change.
“We have to go back to work, but we cannot return to normal, even if we wanted to.
“We are calling for a 12-month return-to-work strategy to help companies plan, must contain the seeds of a better future – which creates a better future for work, builds our green infrastructure and brings citizens and experts together.
“Over time, the work of” team a “and” team b “could become a three-day week more permanent, while negative income tax could become a basic income for citizens.
“These ideas and others will clearly be the subject of debate, but it is essential that we have a new thought to” rebuild better “and meet the challenges we face, from the climate emergency to the economic insecurity of mass. “
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned this week that the country is facing a recession “like we have never seen before” as well as massive job losses in the “days, weeks and months to come”.
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