How Australia’s largest real estate developer will revolutionize the way we live and work – just days after working from home calling employees’ ‘parasites’
- Billionaire real estate magnate Harry Triguboff plans to enlarge new apartments
- He hopes to capitalize on the home working revolution sparked by COVID-19
- The change of heart comes just days after home workers are labeled as parasites
- The Meriton boss admits employees have rebelled against work life before COVID
Billionaire ‘high-rise’ real estate mogul Harry Triguboff plans to cash in on super-sized apartments to take advantage of office-free living – just days after he called people who work at home ‘parasites’.
Australia’s largest apartment complex developer says it will now build units of up to four bedrooms to allow families to turn the extra space into home offices.
And he says he will also include dedicated office spaces in his apartment buildings, as the pandemic hangover will forever change what families now look for in a home.
The change of heart comes just a week after Mr Triguboff insisted that working from home should become ‘parasites’ back in the office or it would kill Sydney’s economic recovery.
Office workers left the city center during the forced COVID-19 lockdowns, sparking the home working revolution. (Picture of a model)
The 88-year-old told an Urban Taskforce industry breakfast that employees only work from home ‘half the time’.
“We must also stop this work from home,” said Mr Triguboff. “They have to stop being parasites – they have to work.”
The comments were rejected by two-thirds of the Daily Mail readers who voted in our online poll and condemned the multi-billionaire as being in the past.
This week, however, Mr. Triguboff now accepts that the change will be permanent and will refresh his architects’ blueprints to adapt to the new reality.
Office workers left the city center during the forced COVID-19 lockdowns, sparking the home working revolution.
But families who work remotely have faced cramped conditions with workplaces squeezed into everyday home life.
Now, billionaire apartment developer founder Meriton Group sees an opportunity to sell even bigger homes to Aussies instead.
“People have rebelled, they don’t want to travel two hours to work and two hours back,” he said Australian Financial Review.
Real estate magnate Harry Triguboff (pictured with wife Rhonda) will be making apartments on a grand scale in the future and routinely adding more bedrooms to be converted into home office spaces.
Mr. Triguboff believes four bedroom units in his high-rise blocks (pictured) will see greater demand in the future as families choose to use entire rooms to work from home offices.
‘So I’m going to build apartments a bit bigger for them and I think I will also have offices in my developments.
‘People need units that are close to their workplace.’
Mr. Triguboff believes there will be more demand for four-bedroom apartments in the future as families choose to use entire rooms to work from their home office.
One or two bedrooms can be converted into office spaces so families can continue to work from home for at least part of the week.
Dr. Denise Goodwin of the BehaviorWorks Australia research unit at Monash University says work life has changed forever.
She believes most people would want to work from home about three days a week to reduce time lost from commuting and make family life more flexible.
“To move forward, we should have new ways of working,” said Dr. Goodwin The New Daily.
“We’ve been stuck in this era of” getting up, catching the train, going to work, catching the train home “for a long time.
‘There is no reason why we should not look at different ways of working. There is a great opportunity here, but it must be done right. ‘