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When do you think we will be allowed back to offices?

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Ethelfleda Mon 01-Jun-20 11:47:31

I have done a search but couldn’t find anything

I am posting as someone who is working from home, and has been since March (and usually does a couple of days a week) but who is looking forward to going back to an office!

Does anyone else feel the same? I keep reading articles saying that we will never return to office life and I find it quite depressing.
I can be just as productive at home, and I know the bigger picture here is far more important than my lamenting on office life...
But do you think the government will lift the ‘work from home wherever possible’ plan before there is a vaccine?

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BittersweetMemories Mon 01-Jun-20 12:09:01

I don't think before September at the absolute earliest.

I miss the office and fed up of being stuck in the draughty dark corner of the living room all bloody day.

Home working isn't for me!

Waxonwaxoff0 Mon 01-Jun-20 12:12:20

My office is still open, we can't work from home in our industry. Only one staff member in though due to hardly any work, the rest of us are on furlough. There are only 5 of us but we won't realistically be able to distance when the rest of us go back due to the office size.

TheGreatWave Mon 01-Jun-20 12:36:09

We are currently planning to be back 1st July with reduced capacity. I am more concerned about the air conditioning tbh.

I am not sure of the plan but I think there will have to be an element of those that live further away will come back to the office, and those local can use their home as a base.

bigchris Mon 01-Jun-20 12:37:59

I have been going in since day 1 as we can't work from home

There are risk assessments in place but social distancing hasn't really happened and none of us have got ill

mynameiscalypso Mon 01-Jun-20 12:39:56

I'm on maternity leave at the moment but my company is planning to open some office space from next week albeit with a very limited capacity.

ClientQ Mon 01-Jun-20 12:48:11

I work in a small contact centre and we went back last week with screens and distancing

BKT2 Mon 01-Jun-20 12:51:59

I prefer the office to be honest. Don’t miss the travelling so much though.

Deblou43 Mon 01-Jun-20 12:53:38

I am wfh until September earliest !! I hate it can't wait to go back to the office

Starlive23 Mon 01-Jun-20 14:07:33

Mine is still open! Me and a number of staff are furloughed but I think when they are back in a position to pay us again, we will mostly be at the office. Mine is a solicitors so have to be there to see clients, it was never really set up for working at home and despite some early half arsed efforts most of the people still working are at the office but more spread out than before

Ethelfleda Mon 01-Jun-20 14:19:45

Interesting- mixed responses.
I’m interested to know how different companies interpret ‘work from home where possible’
I doubt mine will have us back in any time soon.

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chocolatesaltyballs22 Mon 01-Jun-20 14:21:17

Has your employer not given guidelines about when they expect employees back in the office? We've been told it's going to be the back end of the year.

emmathedilemma Mon 01-Jun-20 14:47:43

I don't my see us being back any time soon. It's in the last phase of lockdown release at the moment so that's probably going to be September at the earliest, and then I think it will be on a reduced capacity or as needed basis.

AgentCooper Mon 01-Jun-20 14:52:16

It’s probably going to be September at the earliest for me (university admin) but God I would love to go back earlier.

mindutopia Mon 01-Jun-20 15:07:05

I think it will be a decision made on an employer-by-employer basis.

My employer (university) has said they are preparing 2 plans, one for a September return and one for January. Much of what I do can be done remotely anyway (I already wfh a lot) and what can't is being modified so I can do it from home. I'm really not in any hurry though I do enjoy being in the office, but it would be amazing if schools re-opened so that I could actually get work done while wfh.

NotEverythingIsBlackandWhite Mon 01-Jun-20 16:56:56

HMRC staff are wfh until at least September.

Stokey Mon 01-Jun-20 17:00:41

I've been told WFH for the long run so think it will be end of year at the earliest. I work in a massive building with over 2,000 people in my part and they have worked out that around 300 could safely work there. No tea points, canteen or hot desking, one-way system on staircases and only one person allowed in the toilet cubicles at any time. So I think even if you could go back, it wouldn't be much like it was before - no chatting while grabbing a tea etc.

HollyBollyBooBoo Mon 01-Jun-20 17:01:00

Our business is hell bent on getting 50% of us back in on Monday (that's about 1500 people).

Do they know something we don't? Is BoJo about to announce 'go back to work?'.

Utterly bizarre.

Coronabored Mon 01-Jun-20 17:03:47

Most of the 5000 workers are back at my head office and I go back Friday. Why would we not be at the office when we have been told we can go to work?

NotEverythingIsBlackandWhite Mon 01-Jun-20 17:03:51

"I’m interested to know how different companies interpret ‘work from home where possible’ "
I was thinking the same thing. Isn't it down to the Govt to ease the restrictions on this rather than companies deciding you can go back?

For those going back, are the companies saying it isn't possible for you to wfh any longer? Is there a good reason for them deciding you have to go in to work or are they misinterpreting the guidelines?

Aragog Mon 01-Jun-20 17:08:43

Lots of offices are open, but they have to be 'Covid safe' and maintain social distancing measures in place.

DH goes into his office half a day a week. He thinks, once measures are in place, this will increase to 50% in the office, around the end of the month. He has no idea when they will all be in the office, working as normal, but doesn't think it will be any time soon.

NotEverythingIsBlackandWhite Mon 01-Jun-20 17:11:35

Our business is hell bent on getting 50% of us back in on Monday (that's about 1500 people).
Are you able to wfh and access all systems or are there tasks you cannot perform at home? If there is nothing you cannot do at home, I would be quoting the Govt guidelines to them. Like you say, utterly bizarre.

"Why would we not be at the office when we have been told we can go to work?" Who has told you that you can go to work?
The Govt rule is that you should wfh if you can and only go to work if you cannot wfh.

IrelandsIndustry Mon 01-Jun-20 17:13:10

Dh has been told to expect to wfh til the end of the year at least.

Assuming childcare reopens, can't really see why anyone would want to go back to an office environment as it is such a pointless risk.

Coronabored Mon 01-Jun-20 17:14:22

We never shut for 20% of the workforce. No one told us, we have a business to run and most people need more than just word and Excel to do their job properly.

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