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|>>|| No. 27223
Push to get staff back to offices amid warning of UK's 'ghost towns'
Workers will be encouraged to return to the office as part of a major media campaign to be launched by the government next week. The television and newspaper messages will promote the government’s aim to reduce the number of employees working from home amid fears that town and city centres are becoming ghost areas as workers stay away.
A report in the Telegraph said the campaign would push the emotional and mental health benefits of mixing with colleagues but also said that ministers would warn that those working from home could be more vulnerable to being sacked.
Fuck off. Fuck off. Fuck off. Fuck off. Fuck off.
|>>|| No. 27470
It's terrible coffee though. When they start a sandwich subscription I AM IN.
I think this kind of thing will catch on.
|>>|| No. 27471
I say on the face of it because it sounds too good to be true.
5 coffees _every day_ at Starbucks would costs >£400 a month.
So I'm guessing there are plenty of caveats to this deal.
|>>|| No. 27472
How can anyone have 5 coffees a day and not feel like shit and/or blow their arse out?
|>>|| No. 27473
I must drink at least 4 a day, and I think at this point it's the only thing keeping me regular. I tried cutting back a bit ago and it was like my bowels turned to stone.
|>>|| No. 27475
How many people will pop into Pret five times a day? At the very most I imagine it'll be three; one on your way to work, one on your lunch break and one on the way home. Let's say that's fifteen coffees a week so sixty over the space of a month. It does not cost Pret anywhere near £20 in coffee beans, milk, etc., to make sixty coffees; even if they had 150 drinks in a month that's still a healthy gross profit.
It'll create a regular cash flow, it may lead to an uptick in the number of sales of sandwiches and it should increase their market share; if you have a subscription and you want a drink then you'll be more likely to go to Pret and not have to pay anything extra for it rather than going into Costa or Starbucks for it.
|>>|| No. 27516
Fuck Pret and the metro drone urban 6 pound Gyoza box lunch timers. They should have got a job in IT and learned how to make their own cheese and pickle sandwiches.
|>>|| No. 27520
Get some Pierogi from your local Polski Sklep and bung them in the microwave. They're almost the same thing, and cost a lot less.
|>>|| No. 27591
I never thought I'd say this but I'm enjoying homeworking less since my kids went back to school. The house is too silent and I'm finding myself easily distracted.
|>>|| No. 27592
There's a primary school behind my flat. I often work from home anyway and before 'rona I used to get annoyed by the sounds of their screaming from the playground when I was trying to work, but the silence really bothered me once it was gone. Now it's back I don't mind it at all.
|>>|| No. 27703
Work have started bringing the admin teams back to the office. Apparently because some people have grumbled about having to go in they're making those still working at home, including those self isolating for medical reasons, work an extra hour to compensate for it.
|>>|| No. 27711
How can they make you work an extra hour? You should work to whatever hours you are contracted to work.
|>>|| No. 27714
I suspect I'm getting half the story, but I do know that the admin staff still WFH are working an hour a day longer than those going into the office. It'll probably turn out that those in the office are working 5 hours per week less than they're contracted to.
|>>|| No. 27715
I would guess it's something to do with people not getting full breaks/lunch hours or what have you due to social distancing in the shared areas of the building.
We were doing that for a while at mine but then some unfathomably small minded tedious bint decided to go on a crusade about how some people were unfairly abusing the ability to have a shorter lunch so they could leave early and then it sort of petered out. There's one of them in every workplace isn't there.
|>>|| No. 27716
That's just straight unfair and your employer should be challenged - people WFH are generally putting in far more hours than contracted at the moment.
|>>|| No. 27719
Is this new? Plenty of people were expected to be on their phones or laptops (Phone Guy or not) working on their commute to and fro. It wasn't right then, and it isn't right now.
|>>|| No. 27903
Coronavirus: Work from home 'if you can', Michael Gove says
This is the kind of u-turn I can get behind.
I imagine it's going to be a bit of a mess very soon with furlough being scaled back, landlords now being able to evict tenants and lockdown 2 about to happen.
|>>|| No. 27918
I don't think I can do this for another 6 months. If they try to lockdown again I'll lose everything. Honestly think I might just do myself in, there is no point anymore.
|>>|| No. 27921
Have you considered doing something else in the meantime instead?
Seriously, this is, technically, a chan. The fact that you're reading this means you must be able to find ways to either entertain yourself or improve yourself while-u-w8. Other people may not know how to function outside of this but your presence here means you have the capability, the experience to function solely through the internet. I wanted to make this a Bane quote/reference but it didn't really work. Anyway, you'll be okay if you just rely on the ability to grow you'll have already learned simply by being one of us.
|>>|| No. 27926
Doesn't sound like he is struggling to keep himself occupied, it sounds like he might be small business owner or self-employed and will be driven into poverty by a lockdown.
|>>|| No. 27940
It'll push me into poverty, which will cause my wife to leave me (she's already threatened this, her friends partners have been okay with furlough money and everything, but I'm self employed and the whole thing has bottomed out because of restrictions) which means I lose a place to live as we rent it from her mother. Fuck this. I had Brexit precautions, even for no deal, but that's a drop in the ocean for literally just shutting everything down over fucking nothing. I'm done.
|>>|| No. 27944
Now, now. We can't expect a lad who didn't know how ambulances work to understand a global pandemic.
|>>|| No. 27945
>I'm self employed and the whole thing has bottomed out
Self-employed people get six months of normal profits through the SEISS. Unless you've been fiddling your taxes, you should be doing OK at the moment.
|>>|| No. 27947
Leave your wife, she sounds like the sort of woman who will never be anything but bother.
|>>|| No. 27948
Your wife is only with you for the money? You're supposed to be a team through thick and thin, what the fuck did she vow to you on your wedding day?
|>>|| No. 27978
You've either got to be young or incredibly naive to think that love is the sole purpose of marriage.
|>>|| No. 27980
I'm aware of minor things like tax benefits, but in no way would that be worth the ordeal of living with another person whose presence is undesirable to me. I'd much rather be alone. What am I missing?
|>>|| No. 27984
This. I can understand marrying for things other than love, but sharing at house with somebody who's so eager to kick you out at your lowest instead of helping you out is just bizarre.
|>>|| No. 27987
I hate to be that guy but it is one of those things that you'll understand when you get older.
Sage for being that guy.
|>>|| No. 27990
How old exactly are we talking? I'm currently 30 and still quite content on my own.
|>>|| No. 27992
It makes affairs like children easier and you get a cake. Play your cards right and you might even get a cake every year until you die.
What age is this? If a lass is giving ultimatums or conditions then I consider it over.
People treat marriage cynically these days but I still hold that the implicit agreement is still valid. You can't be a bastard but, to be old fashioned, you won't leave her if she gets ugly and she will have your potato-headed children. It's about not kicking someone when they're down or otherwise treating the relationship as a parasitic affair where you only love someone as far you materially gain from it.
|>>|| No. 27993
That's all fair but kicking your partner out mid-pandemic specifically after they've lost their job is a cunt move.
|>>|| No. 27995
Depends on how much of a cunt he's being. There's a lot we don't know about that poster seeing as we're going off a paragraph and a bit of information.
|>>|| No. 28000
>a lot we don't know about that poster
We learnt that he's a pandemic denying cunt, his partner is a money grabbing cunt, and his mother-in-law is a mercenary cunt if she's threatening to kick them out.
Sounds like they all deserve each other to be honest.
|>>|| No. 28031
>>27703 here again.
Apparently it was 'only a suggestion' that those still WFH work an extra hour and not something they had to do.
|>>|| No. 28032
Unpaid overtime can only ever be a suggestion, certainly.
I have some suggestions of my own for whomever suggested it.
|>>|| No. 28033
>but kicking your partner out mid-pandemic specifically after they've lost their job
Probably not the best timing, but if a relationship is already on its dying breath, then what is the point of keeping it up just because there's a pandemic. Your partner will find a new flat and job.
One of my mates got dumped by his girlfriend eight weeks into his cancer diagnosis. That was some proper shit. She told him she already wasn't sure about the relationship anymore right before he got the diagnosis, but that it "wasn't fair on anybody" to keep up the relationship just because of the new situation.
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