Ministers have been told to increase pressure on UK civil servants to return to their desks, as the revolution in Whitehall’s post-Covid working patterns in the era of flexible working has become clear.
For more than 30 years as a journalist at the Financial Times, I have been fascinated by business. Then, I decided to launch one. For almost as long, I have inwardly groaned when reading simplistic, seven-point cheat sheets to start-up success. So, I decided to write one.
An insurance worker recently described to me his lockdown epiphany: he loved spending time with his two young children during the working week. So he adjusted his hours; now, he starts early so he can pick them up from nursery, make dinner and put them to bed. “As bad as the pandemic has been,” he said, “it’s forced us to think of life in different ways.”
After two years in my spare bedroom, I decided to switch things up and went to work in a café in my east London neighbourhood. As I settled in, I realised the WiFi was so slow that I could not even send emails. Long black coffee barely finished, I was forced back home.
In 2018, Lien Ceulemans left Salesforce for a new job at Google in London. She returned to the cloud software group, becoming a “boomerang” employee, last year. “The people I used to work with reached out when a role came up.”