A permanent working from home post-lockdown model could damage “perfectly good” businesses, according to the British Independent Retailers Association’s (BIRA) CEO.
Goodacre’s intervention comes after research from Springboard found that retail footfall fell by 3.1% in recent weeks, and London footfall was still half pre-pandemic levels despite lockdown restrictions having been lifted.
Furthermore, new polling released by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) found 83% of businesses in the country’s capital that can work from home expect staff to do so at least one day a week.
Almost one in five (18%) of business leaders polled by LCCI, whose businesses are primarily office-based pre-pandemic (and for whom working from home is an option), expect staff to work from home five days a week.
Speaking to the Telegraph, BIRA’s CEO said that longer home working would mean a “loss of what were perfectly good businesses after the pandemic”.