In another advertising blitz next week, government messages will highlight the benefits of returning employees to their workplaces and encourage companies to do their desks. COVID-secured.
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It comes after the UK signaled its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases since June 12, with 1,522 people having received a positive COVID-19 test confirmed in the laboratory on Thursday.
Speaking to Sky News on Friday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “What we are telling people is that it is now possible to return home safely.
“Your employer should have made appropriate arrangements to ensure that coronavirus-safety of working.
“You will see changes, if you haven’t been in a while, as a result. ”
Nearly half of the workers worked from home during the coronavirus lockdown.
But Mr Shapps said there was a “limit” to using video conferencing software, such as Zoom, to be able to do “certain types of work”.
“It’s clear that there are things you can’t do remotely, and a lot of those people just kept working,” he added.
“But for the rest of us, too, you miss out on that human spark when you’re not with people.
“You will find that the office has been reorganized into an environment conducive to coronavirus avoidance and likely some changes as a result. ”
Labor called on the government to condemn reports that those who continue to work from home may be more vulnerable to dismissal.
The Daily Telegraph quoted a government source describing working from home as “a seemingly harmless option.”
“Suddenly the word ‘restructuring’ comes up and people who have worked from home find themselves in the most vulnerable position,” the source added.
But Mr. Shapps called for “common sense” between employers and employees on the return to work.
“We absolutely believe that employers and employees must work together to solve this problem,” he said.
“There is, of course, a whole series of protections for the employees in place.
“If employees have concerns about the workplace, for example, the Health and Safety Executive, the local authority, will be the right place to go.
“The vast majority of employers just want to get their business back on its feet and do the right thing. ”
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Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, chief executive of the Confederation of British Industry, warned that UK city centers would continue to be “ghost towns” without the return of workers to offices.
“UK offices are essential engines of our economy,” she said.
“They support thousands of local businesses, from dry cleaners to sandwiches. They help train and develop young people.
“And they promote better work and better productivity for many types of businesses. ”
Dame Carolyn calls for a “hybrid” approach encouraging both home and office work to “get the best of both worlds”.