Nearly one in three Britons plan to work from home after lockdown ends

Nearly one in three Britons plan to work from home to help the environment after lockdown ends, Halifax survey of 3,000 adults suggests

  • 60 per cent of adults surveyed said they don’t expect things to return to normal
  • Four out of five believed remote working was a solution to reducing emissions
  • Report said it may do more harm than good in homes with low energy efficiency rates

Almost one in three employees plan to continue working from home after the lockdown ends, often for environmental reasons, new research suggests. 

The sudden change in lifestyle due to the coronavirus crisis has been an ‘environmental wake-up call’ for many, said finance firm Halifax. 

Its survey of 3,000 adults found that two in five said they had become more aware of climate change in recent months. 

Almost one in three employees plan to continue working from home after the lockdown ends, often for environmental reasons (file photo)

Three out of five said they did not expect things to ever go back to normal and most were hopeful the world can make real changes to tackle the climate emergency. 

Four out of five of those surveyed believed remote working was a solution to reducing emissions but the report said this may do more harm than good in homes with low energy efficiency rates. 

Halifax mortgage director Andy Mason said: ‘It’s clear that for many going back to “business as usual” isn’t going to be an option and instead they will continue to spend more time at home, believing it to be better for the environment.

‘However, without taking steps to ensure homes are as efficient as they can be, these good intentions could be clouded by rising energy usage and monthly bills – at a time when many are concerned about their financial security as well as the planet.’  

Boris Johnson advised employees to work from home if possible on March 16 and the official guidance still states that employees must work from home if they can. 

The government published new guidance on May 11 to make workplaces safe for those who cannot work from home.

Boris Johnson advised employees to work from home if possible on March 16 and the official guidance still states that employees must work from home if they can

The guidance outlined steps employers should take to make workplaces as safe as possible and give their employees confidence to return to work during the pandemic. 

Two months after adopting the working from home model, Twitter said it will allow some employees to work from home permanently. 

CEO Jack Dorsey said that staff in positions which allow them to work remotely can continue to do so when their offices reopen.

Google has said its employees can work from home until the end of 2020 and Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook’s employees can also work from home for the remainder of the year.  

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