Labour Market

A home working revolution? Not so fast

Emma Revell writes for City A.M.

Studies show working from home can have a positive effect on productivity and lead to a reduction in sick leave but we shouldn’t expect coronavirus to revolutionise our working lives, says Emma Revell, Head of Communications at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Writing for City A.M., Emma argues that those suggesting we may never return to the office when the lockdown ends ignore the fact that only a relatively few privileged professions regularly work from home in a traditional sense. Most home workers are tradespeople who work in a variety of locations, using home as a base, and numerous large sectors like retail and hospitality simply cannot be done from home.

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