For young employees office life is better than Zoom and Teams - says Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Mr. Sunak said that if he was forced to work from home, he doubts whether he would establish contact with important mentors who have helped him. Young people benefited from being in the office and the Chancellor emphasised the positive impact on his early career. 

Since the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on July 19, the government has no longer instructed people to work from home in England, and stated in the online guide for office workers that it "expects and recommends a gradual return in the summer.”

When asked about returning to the workplace in an interview with LinkedIn News, Mr. Sunak emphasised his previous comments, "Especially with regard to young people, they benefit from the office." He said, "When I started my career, it was really beneficial to me."

Discussing his recent visit to Scotland Mr. Sunak met a young man who had started his career in the financial services industry. Chancellor said, "I told them that the mentors I found when I started working in the same industry are still helpful for me throughout my career. I'm still talking to them even after we have gone in different ways.”
"I wonder if such relationships would be solid if I did my summer internship or the first stage of my career through Teams and Zoom.”
"That is why I find it valuable to be able to stay in the office in person, especially for young people."

But the Minister of Finance pointed out that the government has left the decision-making power to companies. He said: "We no longer say that people should actively work from home, and now we let companies work with their teams to find the right path. When it comes to going back to work, we have already said: we recommend proceeding gradually from the relaxation of restrictions and being consistent with everything else. It is gradual, it is cautious and it is careful, so there will be one that will be a gradual return to the office. I think this is what is going to happen in general."

According to a study published in connection with the government's advocacy for return to the workplace, workers feel compelled to hide their mental health problems from their colleagues, even though they feel less able to cope than before the pandemic.
About half (51%) of those surveyed said they felt the need to look bold at work, while four in 10 said they felt less resilient after the outbreak of the Covid crisis.

Fewer than one in six (16%) said they believe their mental health is very well supported at work, despite 81% wanting their employers to help them with their mental well-being.

The results of the latest survey show that many workers are eager to get back around other people when they struggle with their mental health.

Nearly one in five people surveyed said they are concerned about others seeing their stress, while 26% said they don't think they are coping.

More than a third felt the same about everyday life and 40% said they feel less resilient now than before the pandemic.

Young people are the most affected by these problems: Studies show that 43% of women aged 16-24 and 49% of men aged 16-24 feel less resilient now than before the pandemic.

Workers said employers should help them by focusing more on workload and work-life balance, providing more flexibility in working hours and schedules to meet personal commitments, and offering mental health vacations.

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