A report published earlier today by the BBC says that 50 of the biggest UK employers have no plans to return staff to the office in the near future. The results of the report shows that for many employers and employees a prolonged period of home working becoming increasingly likely.
The BBC report was compiled from questioning 50 large employers to get a sense of when they expected to ask employees to return to the office.
One of the main reasons given for the lack of a substantial return was that employers could not see a way of accommodating large numbers of staff while social distancing regulations were still in place.
Many companies said they were offering choice and flexibility to those who want to return, particularly in the banking and finance sectors. A few firms have already announced they have no plans to return to the office until late autumn, and Facebook has said it does not plan a return of employees until July 2021.
This is not what the hospitality industry across the UK will want to learn, especially those that provide foodservice to workplaces. Businesses across the workplace foodservice sector have been working tirelessly to find and provide workplace foodservice solutions.
The return to the workplace in the UK will also fuel a wider return to hospitality providers generally, so the news from the BBC is bad for all in hospitality.