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'Stay at home and your job goes away!' Brits DON'T want WFH forever - poll

Boris Johnson announces a four-week delay to lockdown easing

Readers voted in our online poll on whether they would like to continue working from home when the lockdown ends. Some 62 percent (1,338 people) said no, while 36 percent (704 people) said yes and one percent (28 people) said they did not know.

Commenting on this website, one reader warned: "Stay at home and your job will go away!"

Another fumed: "So the Government wants to see an end to town centres and city social life then?

"Add in the millions of jobs that will be lost and you have a recipe for disaster!

"Not to mention mental illness and obesity whilst locked up in a house 24/7, this Government is completely incompetent!"

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People do not want to work from home forever when Covid restrictions end - Express.co.uk poll (Image: GETTY)

A third wrote: "It is great to have the ability to work remotely when needed/wanted, but I miss the camaraderie and interaction of in-office time."

But other readers backed working from home, with one commenting: "I started my new job in November - I've never been in the office, never met my team or my line manager face to face, and am perfectly fine working from home.

"I'm happy to go in for meetings, etc - and look forward to the chance to actually meet people.

"But I like working from home and it doesn't impact my ability to work.

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Readers voted in our online poll on whether they would like to continue working from home when the lockdown ends (Image: APESTER)

"My new company has found home working so effective they've already reduced their office space by about half."

A second added: "Employers will make them it’s so much more economical, no renting office space, no bills, etc they are laughing saving a huge amount.

"Workers benefit from no fares, can be flexible can up sticks to move further away, it’s quite a win win situation ."

And another said: "When I worked from home, I used to find that I was far more productive."

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Our poll comes after reports that millions of office staff could be given a "default" right to work from home under post-pandemic plans being drawn up by ministers (Image: GETTY)

Our poll comes after reports that millions of office staff could be given a "default" right to work from home under post-pandemic plans being drawn up by ministers.

The proposals would change the law to block employers insisting on staff coming into the office unless they can show it is essential.

A Whitehall source told the Daily Mail: "We are looking at introducing a default right to flexible working.

"That would cover things like reasonable requests by parents to start late so they can drop their kids at childcare.

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UK coronavirus map live (Image: EXPRESS)

"But in the case of office workers in particular it would also cover working from home – that would be the default right unless the employer could show good reason why someone should not."

Speaking this morning, policing minister Kit Malthouse said the Government did not have any intention to make it compulsory to return to the office, while there will be a consultation on more flexible working going forward.

He told Sky News: "This is a situation for employers and employees to discuss and negotiate themselves.

"I know there has been some media about this over the last two or three days, we don't have any intention to make it compulsory to return to the office.

"Our manifesto at the last election did contain a pledge to consult on more flexible working to allow people to work from home should they wish to, and we will be doing that later on this year."

Express.co.uk polled 2,070 people from June 17-18.

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