We’re all well used to the hustle and bustle of a busy office and, no doubt, this has made lockdown measures and working from home something of an adjustment for many of us.
But the pandemic could well spell the end for offices full of hard-working teams, as has just been suggested by Jes Staley, boss of Barclays, who has confirmed that the company is now rethinking its location strategy as a result of the crisis, the BBC reports.
Approximately 70,000 staff members of Barclays are now working from home all over the world because of lockdown restrictions, with Mr Staley saying that the bank is now rethinking the amount of office space it requires, since it is now being run by people working “from their kitchens”.
“There will be a long-term adjustment to our location strategy,” he said. “The notion of putting 7,000 people in the building may be a thing of the past.”
Mr Staley went on to add that retail branches of Barclays in the future could be used by call centre and investment banking staff members, which could bring an end to long commutes for some people.
Businesses considering reopening their bases of operation right now, following Boris Johnson’s announcement easing some lockdown measures, would be wise to ensure that offices are well ventilated, that there is hand sanitiser available in numerous locations and that staff members wear masks while at work, maintaining a distance of 2m from colleagues at all times.
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