pete75 wrote:The government appears to want most of the people working from home as a result of C19 to go back into the workplace. Why? If employees have been doing their jobs just as effectively from home they should continue to do so.It's good for the environment reducing pollution and congestion on the roads as well as making them safer for those who do need to travel. It's good for public transport in that fewer buses, trains etc will be required for rush hour and then stay unused until the next rush hour - commuter services often run at a loss. It's good for the employees because they won't be wasting time on unnecessary travel. It's good for employers as they'll be able to reduce the amount they may be spending on expensive office accommodation.
I imagine some employers will be thinking about the benefits to them of having employees working from home more than in the past, having had this enforced experiment thrust upon them. For office workers this is a real possibility.
My own job has continued throughout and won't be affected by this. I'm just grateful that me and the missus have jobs that are secure.
Shopping will undoubtedly see a big shift from real stores on high streets and out-of-town complexes, to online. It was already happening but get ready to see the closing down of a large number of shops in your area. And with that will come a drop in the value of retail property, which will affect pension funds. Delivery vans will increase in number.