Earlier this month, The Telegraph’s Ben Riley-Smith reported that Boris Johnson is committed to returning workers to offices and is fundamentally opposed to permanent homeworking. After the postponement of the long-awaited ‘Freedom Day’ in June, this vote of confidence in the workplace was a welcome headline.
Johnson’s sentiment mirrors the mood music we are hearing in conversation with our customers. Ultimately, we know that demand for bricks and mortar workplaces remains. We have seen a steady increase in businesses returning to the capital over the past few months, as colleagues are desperate to regroup, managers are keen to reconnect with juniors, and directors are eager to look clients in the eye. What many have been missing so far, however, is the ability to plan exactly when they and their teams can return to the city in full.
Now, with the final restrictions confirmed to lift in July, businesses can map out in more detail when and how they will to return to the office and implement financial and logistical plans sooner rather than later.
Of course, we must wait until it is safe to return. However, as writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery once said, “a goal without a plan is just a wish”. Now, London’s leaders can begin to properly plan for their business’ long-awaited reunion with the capital.