Apprentice star Linda Plant says she “doesn’t believe in the new normal” and that healthy workers should return to the office to boost the economy.
Leeds-born businesswoman Linda and We Love Work CEO Paris Petgrave, both based in London, appeared on Good Morning Britain today to discuss whether employees should return to the office.
CEO Linda – who runs both real estate development and interior design companies as well as a training academy – believes it is an employer’s ‘right’ to decide how to ‘run a business efficiently’ as long as they create a safe environment.
Meanwhile, Paris argued that working from home can produce ‘happier, less stressed and economically healthy’ workers.
Viewers were divided on the issue, but many agreed with Paris and found that ‘chained to a desk’ is outdated, and that working from home creates a better balance between home and work and saves money on commuting.
Apprentice star Linda Plant told GMB this morning that she “doesn’t believe in the new normal” and that healthy workers should return to the office to boost the economy
CEO of We Love Work Paris Petgrave, from South London, believed that working from home can create ‘happier, less stressed and economically healthy’ employees
“Why do you have to come back to the office?” Paris said. “This is a new normal, we live in a digital age. There is no turning back, it is about moving forward and creating a better environment for the workers.
‘People have been working successfully from home for three months, in the city where people commute for 45 minutes every day and spend a fortune on traveling if you can do your work very efficiently from home, from a local cafe. ‘
Linda disagreed, insisting, “We’re not just talking about London here.
“As an employer, I have the right to decide, as long as I have made it safe, I have the right to decide the best way to run my business efficiently.
Viewers quickly took to Twitter with their views, with many arguing that employers should be more ‘people-oriented’ to get the best out of their workforce
However, some agreed with Linda, and insisting it is the employer’s responsibility to tell employees when to return to the office
“When the leave ends, there are thousands of people out of work and I think if I think my company is best managed with my employees going to work, in a safe environment, I should have the right to decide .
“I don’t believe the new normal. We had to stay at home, we were locked up, our children were not in school. We had no choice, now we have choices. We must reclaim our economy. Don’t worry about being at home, we don’t have a job. ‘
Viewers quickly took their views to Twitter, with many arguing that employers should be more ‘people-oriented’ to get the best out of their workforce.
One wrote: ‘Chained to a desk of 9-5 is like last century! Employers must be people-oriented, not policy-oriented. My employer works with me to find the best way to be happy and productive. My work can be done at home. They get the best out of person orientation. ‘
Linda told host Ben Shepherd (pictured) that it is the responsibility of employees to decide how they want to run a business efficiently
Another said, “Many of us have successfully worked from home and found that it has been more productive. The work-life balance is also much better because I have time to exercise and the added bonus of not spending £ 250 a month on gasoline. My thoughts go back 1-2 days a week when this is over. ‘
A third wrote: “You have to work with your staff to make sure they feel safe! If people can work from home, why go back to a situation where they feel uncomfortable? ‘
However, some agreed with Linda, with one text: “If your boss has taken precautions to get you back to work safely and you can’t work from home, then you have to go back to work. Some people I know have said they don’t feel safe to return but have then seen them on social media going to pub / restaurants / shops etc. ‘
Linda continued to claim that it is the responsibility of employers to ‘get the country moving’
Paris went on to say that employees are a company’s best asset and perform better when they are happier
Paris went on to say that employees are a company’s best asset, while Linda continued to claim that employers have a responsibility “to get the country moving.”
“We live in a digital age,” said Paris. ‘We talk to each other on a digital platform.
‘It gives employees less stress, makes them healthier economically, we are talking about a long-term strategy here. This is much more inclusive and people are your best asset. ‘
Linda continued, “We need to get the country moving, we need to protect the environment. The financial consequences are serious.
“We have to make workplaces as safe as possible, but in the end we have to get our economy going, otherwise there will be no companies, no jobs, no choice to work from home.”