simplynews roundup: 2nd July

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  1. CBI and City bosses warn against giving staff legal right to work from home

We reported recently that the Government was considering the introduction of legislation that would provide a legal right to work from home. The Guardian reported that two major city employers have spoken out against the suggested law.

Lord Bilimoria, president of the CBI said: “The worst thing possible would be to have any legislation that entitles people to the right to work from home. They should have the right to request it. But every employer should make that decision about the mix of working from home and the office.”

This thinking is thought to be due to the predicted disadvantage to cafes and restaurants without the city worker trade, as well as for young workers, who need the buzz of an office environment. 

  1. Asda to allow permanent hybrid working for offices

Asda has today joined the list of companies offering hybrid working for its employees. BBC News reported that 4,000 staff, based across two offices in Leeds and Leicester, can choose where they want to work.

The supermarket giant said that the new approach ‘will encourage colleagues to select the best location to do their job, including home, head office or even a store or depot.’

Asda employees will be encouraged to come into the office when they have meetings or training to attend, but flexibility remains at the heart of future plans.

  1. Dixons says pandemic has led to permanent shift in use of tech

It’s great news for electrical goods retailer, Dixons Carphone, as sales of tech skyrocket due to the pandemic and increase in remote working. It has been reported by the brand that online sales have more than doubled.

Chief Executive Alex Baldock said: "Many people's eyes have been opened to the uses of tech, including for home working and entertainment.” 

Dixons follows online giants Amazon and tech firm Apple, who have both enjoyed an increase in profit since we began shopping, working and looking for entertainment online.

Amid the news of another high street retailer, GAP, closing its doors, Dixons plans to keep its physical stores open despite the success of online sales.

We’ve been writing a lot about the return to work and hybrid working structures. Read more from the simply team: 

How the return to work is making us feel

The rise of the third workplace

Why accessibility matters

 

 

 

 

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